Sun & Skin News

All Skin Tones Need Sun Protection, Doll!

It was welcome news earlier this year when Mattel introduced Barbie dolls with a more diverse range of skin tones and body types. My first thought (besides they’re beautiful and I want to play with them!) was that we could use them to remind people that all skin types can be at risk for sun damage that can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

Welcome to the New Sun & Skin News!

What would you like to know about how to keep your skin looking young and healthy? How can we help you find the best ways to protect you and your family from the damaging rays of the sun? What should you do if you see a weird new spot on your skin? What do you really want to know if you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer? Let’s talk!

Sun-Safe Babies

Parents’ instinct is to protect their infants and toddlers from harm. Yet our experts report that too many babies are getting tans and sunburns. Here, we offer their simple tips to prevent damage to your child’s skin that could lead to skin cancer.

Amelanotic Melanoma: It Doesn’t Look Like Other Melanomas

Amelanotic melanomas can resemble other skin cancers like basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, or worse, may be mistaken for benign moles, scars or cysts. This can delay diagnosis, which may prove dangerous, since early detection of melanoma is critical; early melanomas are almost always curable, while those that advance beyond stage I become more difficult to treat. 

Ashley’s Journey

For 15 years, Ashley Trenner paid good money to work on her tan. Without knowing it, she was also working on melanoma.

Ask the Expert: Why Am I Having Surgery to Remove a Small Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Although the nonmelanoma skin cancer basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is rarely life-threatening, it can be troublesome, especially because 80 percent of BCCs develop on highly visible areas of the head and neck. These BCCs can have a substantial impact on a person’s appearance and can even cause significant disfigurement if not treated appropriately in a timely manner.