The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal 2018

We’re proud to present the 2018 edition of our annual magazine, The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal.

2018 Journal

Our cover artwork, created by illustrator Ben Wiseman, celebrates a family getaway in the great outdoors. It’s also a reminder of the importance of a multipart sun-protection strategy while you’re communing with nature. In addition to wearing sunscreen, clothing and hats, it’s smart to plan activities early or late in the day, when the sun’s damaging UV radiation is less intense. The light is more beautiful as the sun sets, too!

For 36 years, the Journal has been sharing advice from experts on skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, as well as personal stories from those who have experienced skin cancer. It also highlights the Foundation’s members, donors, programs and events that all support our efforts to fight the world’s most common cancer.

Look for the print version of our Journal in your dermatologist’s office or download a digital copyWe also repurpose many of our articles, featuring special digital versions on our website, blog and social media channels. We invite you to share them with your friends and family. Together, we can make a difference!



  • A young woman who loved the sun listened to her instincts about some new dark moles on her abdomen. She decided to get her skin checked when she heard about The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Destination: Healthy Skin screening program.

  • In the fight against skin cancer, men are way behind the women. What can we do to help those with the Y chromosome catch up?

  • A former tanning salon employee shares a peek inside the tanning world and why she’s glad she’s seen the light.

  • When detected early, most cases of local cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma are easily treated and usually cured. But when they become more advanced, this second most common form of skin cancer can become dangerous.

  • There’s a lot of information out there about sunscreen safety, and not all of it is reliable. We asked photobiology expert Elizabeth Buzney, MD, to address some common questions about sunscreens.

  • Photobiology expert Elizabeth Buzney, MD, shares advice on how to use sunscreen most effectively.

  • Knowledge is power. The skin is the largest organ, and it’s all out there where you can see it. So the more you learn about skin cancer and what to look for, says Skin Cancer Foundation President Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, the more you can do to help yourself.

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Research Grants Program has given young physicians and investigators a special boost for studies that served as stepping stones to major lifesaving breakthroughs.

  • Did you know more people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking? Dermatologist Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, shares five more good reasons to just say no to tanning beds.

  • The brave men and women who serve our country know they accept some risks, but they may not know that one of them is skin cancer. We asked Jonathan L. Bingham, MD, a Mohs surgeon in Great Falls, Montana, and a flight surgeon with the Montana Air National Guard, to tell us more about this danger.

  • My genetics probably played a role, but studies show that even one time in a tanning bed elevates your risk of melanoma. So now I just want to tell young women who feel like they don’t look good without being tan, just be comfortable in your own skin, literally.

  • Recent studies have suggested some surprising things (not beaming from the center of our solar system) that might increase your risk for skin cancer. We delved into the research to help you assess whether you should be concerned - or not.

  • Skin lesions don’t come with labels, bells or whistles. Diagnosing skin cancer is way more complicated than you might think. Our two-part article gives you a peek behind the scenes of this little-understood but fascinating area of dermatology.

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