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  • Actinic Keratosis (AK)

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    A POTENTIAL PRECANCER

    An actinic keratosis (AK), also known as a solar keratosis, is a crusty, scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. You’ll … more

  • Treatments for Actinic Keratosis

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    Early treatment can eliminate almost all actinic keratoses before they become skin cancers. If an AK is suspected to be an early cancer, the physician may take tissue for biopsy by shaving off a … more

  • Actinic Keratosis Warning Signs and Images

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    How to Spot an Actinic Keratosis

    Actinic keratoses typically occur on the face, lips, ears, bald scalp, shoulders, neck and back of the hands and forearms. Ranging in size from a tiny … more

  • What Causes Actinic Keratosis?

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    Above All, Sun Exposure

    Chronic sun exposure is the cause of almost all actinic keratoses. Sun damage to the skin is cumulative, so even a brief period in the sun adds to the lifetime … more

  • Why You Should Be Concerned

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    Though the vast majority of actinic keratoses remain benign, they reveal that you have sustained sun damage and could develop any kind of skin cancer, especially the second most common … more

  • Young Mom’s Viral Selfie Warns against Tanning

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    This spring, former tanning bed user Tawny Willoughby posted a graphic selfie to Facebook with her face covered in red sores and scabs. These horrifying marks were side effects of topical treatment … more

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation Launches Carcinomas & Keratoses

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    New digital publication offers clinical insights into the world’s most common cancers

    New York, NY (March 27, 2019) – The Skin Cancer Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization for public and … more

  • Your Skin's Warning Signs

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    Caught early, almost all skin cancers are curable. But if not detected and treated promptly, they can cause disfigurement and even death. Check your skin head-to-toe every month, become familiar … more

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation Launches Destination: Healthy Skin

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    New Program Will Bring Skin Cancer Education and Screenings to Thousands Nationwide

    May 30, 2017 (New York, NY) — The Skin Cancer Foundation is launching Destination: Healthy Skin, a new program … more

  • The Melanoma Letter Spring 2016, Vol. 34, No. 1

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    With skin cancer incidence ever rising, and often exorbitant costs involved in managing the disease (especially for advanced skin cancers), the need for effective chemopreventive agents is … more

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Causes and Risk Factors

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    Who Gets It

    People who have fair skin, blond or red hair, and blue, green or gray eyes are at increased risk of developing the disease. But so is anyone with a history of substantial sun exposure. … more

  • Skin Cancer Prevention Strategies: TRIED, TRUE, & NEW

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    By Ronald L. Moy, MD, and Shannon Famenini

    Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. In 2013, more than two million people will be diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC),1 and … more

  • Ask the Expert: What does having a biopsy involve?

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    By John Buker, MD

    Our guest expert is John Buker, MD, a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and former Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital). … more

  • From the Editors

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    While great advances continue to be made in the treatment of skin cancer, prevention will always remain the best form of “cure.” With one in five Americans developing the disease, incidence still … more

  • Nicotinamide for Skin Cancer Chemoprevention

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    Diona L. Damian, PhD Professor of DermatologyDermatology and Bosch InstituteUniversity of Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred HospitalMelanoma Institute Australia

    Andrew J. Martin, PhD Senior … more