Sun & Skin News

Finding Her Footing

For Witney Carson, the diagnosis came at the worst possible time — and on the worst possible spot for a dancer: her foot. Battling melanoma could have threatened her passion and even her life, but it only made her stronger.

More Progress, More Hope, More Time

Melanoma took many things from Todd and Linda Nagel, but it never took away their hope. Today, Linda celebrates the life of her beloved late husband by hosting an annual golf event that raises vital funds for skin cancer research and education and brings hope to patients and their families.

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.

Stories from the Road: A Melanoma Almost Missed

A recent encounter during a free screening on our Destination: Healthy Skin RV showed, once again, how imperative it is to check in with your skin regularly. It could very well save you time and money in the future, and may even save your life.