The Sun-Protection Mistake We’re Still Making

Here’s a scary new fact to get you in gear: More than 10 percent of skin cancers occur on the eyelids. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, these tumors can grow deep beneath the skin (think icebergs waiting to surface) and increase the rapid growth of other skin cancers on your face. By now, of course, you know that wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day (regardless of weather or location) is a must. (“SPF” stands for “sun-protection factor,” …

7 Ways to Be a Skin Cancer Warrior

By age 50 most women have experienced some form of sun damage – and many have been through the ordeal of skin cancer. That’s why L’Oreal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance have teamed up to launch the It’s THAT Worth It Thunderclap online initiative (itsthatworthit.org). For each person who signs up on the site by 5 p.m. ET on May 20 and shares melanoma prevention information with friends, L’Oreal Paris will make a $1 donation to melanoma research. For …

5 Places You May Not Be Wearing Sunscreen (But Should)

Skin cancer is on the rise. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, almost 77,000 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2013. What’s more, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006. Not surprisingly, the majority of skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun. We also know that sun exposure causes wrinkles and …

Is That Skin Cancer on My Chest?!

Want to hear something scary ? The sun is getting brighter, there is less protective ozone and we’re spending more time outdoors exposed to UV rays due to global climate changes (spring now starts earlier and fall begins later!). And if that isn’t enough to send you running to your dermatologist:  UV exposure increases 33 % for every 20 % of ozone layer loss, resulting in a 33 % increase in the rate of skin cancer. Who says? Top research …

Aspirin May Lower Risk of Skin Cancer in Women

Older women who took aspirin at least twice a week had a lower risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal Cancer, looked at melanoma in about 60,000 Caucasian women ages 50 to 79, reported National Public Radio (NPR). (Researchers focused on light-skinned people because they’re at the highest risk for this type of cancer.) Over a 12-year period – and after controlling for risk factors like tanning and …

Are Those Popular Gel Manicures Safe?

For those of us for whom beautiful, manicured nails are a must, the new gel manicures are like a gift from beauty heaven. Customers love these manicures – the hot trend at nail salons – because the gel polish dries almost instantly, stays shiny and doesn’t chip for weeks. So what’s not to like? Um, a cancer risk? The problem is the UVA light that’s used to dry, or cure, the polish. That bluish-purple light, the same kind used in …