Sun & Skin News

How Serious Is a Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

I’d had a few skin cancers removed before, all basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), the most common type. But when I was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on my scalp, it seemed different, and a little more scary.

Helping Hands

When my friend Renee posted this photo of her hand on Facebook, it struck a nerve. She had drawn a heart around a large brown spot and wrote: “Instead of recoiling from my age spots, I will now encircle them with love. Please join me.”

Money Worries and Melanoma

Here’s one of the many things that keep dermatologist Jennifer Stein, MD, PhD, up at night: people who could be at risk of melanoma and avoid seeing a doctor because they think they can’t afford it.

The Search for the Perfect Hat

There’s nothing like an old movie to remind you of how great hats can be. This summer I rewatched the classic 1948 musical Easter Parade with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, which is a gorgeous hat-stravaganza from start to finish.

Boost Your Mood Without Basking in the Sun

Is there anything more tempting on a warm September day than to head outside under a crystalline sky and brilliant sun? For some people who used to be sun worshippers, that might feel a little bittersweet.

At the Old Ball Game

Who doesn’t love baseball? Whether it’s a Little League game in your own neighborhood, or good seats at a legendary Major League stadium, it’s still America’s pastime. If you’re in the sun for several innings, though, you can hurt your eyes and get a nasty sunburn, too — and that could lead to skin cancer.

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.

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.