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 …

Men And Sunscreen: Why Aren’t They Using Any?

Attention men: Before you head outdoors this summer, make sure you are wearing sunscreen. Because evidently, you need some reminding. (Ok, nagging.) A new survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation finds that men don’t seem to understand the risks of getting skin cancer. Nearly 1 in 2 men surveyed said they had not applied sunscreen in the past 12 months, and only 32 percent considered themselves very knowledgeable about how to properly use it, the Dallas News reports. Some misguided …

Enjoy Summer, Protect your Skin

Brighter colors and shorter outfits are suddenly the norm: After Memorial Day weekend, the summer is here in full swing. But along with family trips, sunshine and humidity the hot season also brings risks for your skin due to sun exposure. The first step to keep these risks at bay is to accept them and stop thinking “no, that can’t happen to me.” Next, you will find that it is not so hard to take care of your skin by …

Which Sunscreen Rates Best? Drugstore Brand A ‘Best Buy’

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summertime season — do you have enough sunscreen? Consumer Reports recently tested 18 popular brands and although none were rated excellent in all categories, several were very good and a drugstore brand even earned a “best buy” rating. Two brands failed to meet testing standards for adequate protection, including a kids’ sunscreen. Even though new rules to simplify sunscreen labels have been delayed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until December, …

Ouch. Sunscreen Makers Burn Us Again

Sunscreen makers have had a year to come up with clearer labeling, but somehow just couldn’t get it done in time for this summer’s big sunscreen-buying season. So the government gave them a pass until winter. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer (after 33 years of study!) but gave makers until this June to get the revised bottles with new labels on the shelf, the Associated Press reports. The idea was to help consumers know …