Sun & Skin News

What’s the Sunscreen Situation?

Given recent news reports, you may be wondering if sunscreens are safe for you and your family, as well as the planet. Elizabeth Buzney, MD, an expert and member of our Photobiology Committee, helps sort it all out.

History of Smoking Affects How the Body Fights Melanoma

According to a new study, melanoma patients with a history of smoking are more likely to die from the disease than patients who do not smoke. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Cancer Research, found that melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 percent less likely to survive the disease than those who have never smoked.

A “Sunscreen Gene”?

Why do some people seem to be resistant to skin cancer, while many of us (who regularly visit SkinCancer.org) seem prone to it? Turns out there’s a gene that’s at least partially responsible, according to a 2016 study.

The Year in Skin Cancer News

We saw the FDA approve a groundbreaking drug, companies debut new technology to help increase our awareness of dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays and lawmakers pass indoor tanning legislation.

New Treatment, New Hope for Those with Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

You may have heard about a new medication that was recently FDA approved for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC). Libtayo (cemiplimab-rwlc) is a type of immunotherapy called a checkpoint blockade inhibitor, and it’s the first one approved to treat certain cases of CSCC. This is exciting news, so let’s break down how this new drug works and whom it might help.

Are Your Meds Increasing Your Risk of Skin Cancer?

Are you among the millions of people who take hydrochlorothiazide to treat high blood pressure? A recent study by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark showed a connection between this medication and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common type of skin cancer.