Sun & Skin News: Late Summer 2015 (Vol. 32, No. 3)
Once perceived as a disease primarily affecting middle-aged and older adults, melanoma is rising meteorically in the young. A recent study of young people from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo, NY, found that melanoma incidence in children, adolescents and young adults has shot up by more than 250 percent since 1973, with the steepest climb in those between ages 15 and 39.
Reading a sunscreen label shouldn’t be like deciphering a foreign language. But a recent study in JAMA Dermatology found that many people don’t understand how to read a sunscreen label or how the product protects the skin. Only 43 percent of survey respondents understood the meaning of an SPF value.
Christopher Knight is well known for being an entrepreneur, game show host, and child star in the iconic role of “Peter Brady” on the landmark sitcom The Brady Bunch. However, few people know that he has been treated repeatedly for skin cancer in just the past two years. On May 28, 2015, Christopher spoke publicly for the first time about his experience with basal cell carcinoma at the 5th Annual Skin For Life event benefiting The Skin Cancer Foundation.
“My doctor has been monitoring a mole on my back and recently ordered a “biopsy.” What exactly will this involve? How much skin must be removed, and will the procedure be painful? How long will it take to heal? Will I need plastic surgery? Is there any other way to examine or remove this mole without cutting?Read More