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Blogs by Julie Bain

As senior director of science & education, Julie Bain leads the effort to ensure that The Skin Cancer Foundation is at the forefront of all medical and scientific information related to educating the public and health-care professionals about skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. She acts as chief editor and content strategist for The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal and patient education materials. She collaborates with our teams on content for use across all platforms by writing, reviewing and editing for our editorial standards. A longtime health and science writer and editor, she brought a personal history of skin cancer and a passion for the Foundation’s mission to the job in 2015. Previously, Bain served as health director for print and digital at Ladies’ Home Journal and Reader’s Digest and has written for many brands including The New York Times, Web MD, Popular Science, AARP, SELF and others. She lives in New York City, where she uses sunscreen every day and always walks on the shady side of the street.

Sunscreen Safety – The Facts

Misinformation about sunscreen safety has been circulating on social media for years. The most recent claim, that wearing sunscreen is harmful and may even cause skin cancer, is not only false but dangerous. We asked a top expert, Elizabeth Buzney, MD, outpatient clinical director of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, to weigh in on this concerning trend. She also serves on The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Photobiology Committee. 

Skin Cancer Risk in the Military

The brave men and women who serve our country know they accept some risks, but they may not know that one of them is skin cancer. We asked Jonathan L. Bingham, MD, a Mohs surgeon in Great Falls, Montana, and a flight surgeon with the Montana Air National Guard, to tell us more about this danger.

Men: What’s Under That Beard?

It could be skin cancer, says Ali Hendi, MD, a dermatologist and skin cancer specialist in the Washington, DC, area. And because they’re hidden, these skin cancers often aren’t detected early, when they have the highest chance for minimal treatment and a cure.

7 Surprising Signs of Sun Damage

Wrinkles, dark spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, even freckles are signs of sun damage. Our experts share what you can do to improve your skin.

A Creative Outlet to Cope with Cancer

When dermatologist Tamara Lazic Strugar, MD, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2022, she made time to pursue a dream related to children and sun protection.

At the Old Ballgame

Baseball is an American family afternoon tradition, but so is the sunburn that often comes with it. Top tips to keep everyone’s skin protected at the old ballgame.

A Hole in My Head

The little spot on my forehead didn’t look like much, but it didn’t feel right to me. Turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer than I’d had before.

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