Fall 2012 (Vol. 29, No. 3)

Perry Robins, MD

A Message from the President

For many of us, after the outdoor joys of summer, it’s back to work and back to school. Just possibly, you and your children spent a few too many hours in the sun without sufficient protection, and your skin may have suffered for it. Summer’s end is a perfect time for you and your family to take stock of your skin health with a visit to your physician. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone — especially those over the age of 45 — have a full-body skin examination annually, giving you a fresh start in rededicating yourself to year-round skin cancer prevention.

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Sun & Skin News: Fall 2012 (Vol. 29, No. 3)

  • Hairstylists Spot Skin Cancer Warning Signs

    Could hair professionals lead a new front in the war against skin cancer? At least one melanoma patient credits her stylist with saving her life. “Sharon noticed a quarter-sized salmon-colored spot on my scalp,” Bonnie Sedlmayr-Emerson, of Tucson, AZ, told The Skin Cancer Foundation. “She said she’d never noticed it before and showed it to me in a mirror. She thought I should have it looked at.”Read More

  • Vitamin A May Reduce 
    the Risk of Melanoma

    Can high oral doses of vitamin A reduce melanoma risk? A 2012 study suggests it can, contradicting recent speculation that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A commonly added to sunscreens and low-fat dairy products, increases users’ risk of skin cancer when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. More than two million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the US in 2012.Read More

  • Ask the Expert

    I’ve been diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer. What happens now, and how will it be treated?Read More