Sun & Skin News

Growing Pains: Coming of Age with Skin Cancer

When young people start to spread their wings, their quest for independence and adventure can sometimes put them at a high risk of danger. One unprotected day in the sun, for example (even if accidental), can multiply their odds of developing skin cancer.

Finding Her Footing

For Witney Carson, the diagnosis came at the worst possible time — and on the worst possible spot for a […]

Living with Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A Survivor Insures His Own Future

“My doctor called me herself, not the office, so I knew something was fishy. She said the biopsy came back and it wasn’t basal cell, it wasn’t squamous cell and it wasn’t melanoma. So I asked, ‘What’s left on the list?’” It was Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), she told him, a rare and dangerous form of skin cancer.

In My Mother’s Eyes: Her Ocular Melanoma Story

Over the years, my Mom and I occasionally talked about her cancer, especially when I started working at The Skin Cancer Foundation. Ocular (meaning “of the eye”) melanoma is very different from cutaneous (“of the skin”) melanoma. It’s also rarer.

Extra, Extra: A TV Reporter Covers His Own Skin Cancer Story

An Emmy Award winner, Jerry Penacoli has covered many of Extra’s high-profile and exclusive interviews, such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and President Obama. Through all the glitz and glam of the entertainment world, Jerry’s melanoma diagnosis was a shocking reality check.

I Had Melanoma at 25

Growing up in Philadelphia and Queens, New York, I wasn’t really an outdoorsy type of child. I spent a lot of time in the dance studio doing ballet, tap and jazz. I did go to Greece every summer, which is where my family is originally from, and I spent a lot of time in the sun on the beaches there. I have that Mediterranean olive skin, and I tanned well.