Late Summer 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 3)

Perry Robins, MD

A Message from
the President

Let’s face it. No matter what we say about the dangers of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVR), many people simply think they look better tan. I’m not talking about the overbaked Jersey Shore bronze or George Hamilton’s year-round orange hue, I mean the perceived “healthy” glow attained after an unprotected day at a lake or a weekend outdoor festival.

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Sun & Skin News: Late Summer 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 3)

  • Melanoma: Now Also a Disease of Young People

    Once perceived as a disease primarily affecting middle-aged and older adults, melanoma is rising meteorically in the young. A recent study of young people from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo, NY, found that melanoma incidence in children, adolescents and young adults has shot up by more than 250 percent since 1973, with the steepest climb in those between ages 15 and 39.

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  • How to Read a Sunscreen Label

    Reading a sunscreen label shouldn’t be like deciphering a foreign language. But a recent study in JAMA Dermatology found that many people don’t understand how to read a sunscreen label or how the product protects the skin. Only 43 percent of survey respondents understood the meaning of an SPF value.

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  • Chris Knight

    Christopher Knight: From Brady Bunch Star to Skin Cancer Survivor

    Christopher Knight is well known for being an entrepreneur, game show host, and child star in the iconic role of “Peter Brady” on the landmark sitcom The Brady Bunch. However, few people know that he has been treated repeatedly for skin cancer in just the past two years. On May 28, 2015, Christopher spoke publicly for the first time about his experience with basal cell carcinoma at the 5th Annual Skin For Life event benefiting The Skin Cancer Foundation.

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  • John Buker, MD

    Ask the Expert

    “My doctor has been monitoring a mole on my back and recently ordered a “biopsy.” What exactly will this involve? How much skin must be removed, and will the procedure be painful? How long will it take to heal? Will I need plastic surgery? Is there any other way to examine or remove this mole without cutting?Read More