skin cancer

Of all types of skin cancer, melanoma causes the majority of deaths. When on the scalp it can be especially difficult to catch in a self-examination — when was the last time you examined the top of your head?

One person who might be able to help: your hairdresser. While cutting your hair, they've got a great view for a scalp inspection. And they can learn how to spot scary changes, researchers say.

Too Much Sun? A Full-Body Visual Check For Skin Cancer Might Not Be For You

Jul 26, 2016
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For years, many dermatologists have urged patients to have a full-body visual check for skin cancer. But a new report by a panel of medical experts concluded for the second time in seven years that there is not enough evidence that these screenings benefit patients to recommend them as a preventive service.

Parents probably don't put "check for tanning bed" when moving a child into off-campus housing. But many apartment buildings that cater to students provide free indoor tanning, a study finds.

"When my daughter went off to college, she looked at 10 apartments near her campus," said Dayna Diven, a dermatologist at the University of Texas' Dell Medical School. "All 10 of them offered residents free indoor tanning; I was shocked."

The frigid winters left everyone hungry for sun at the college I attended in Chicago. I still remember a friend longing for a tanning studio, preferably just down the hill from the student center. And as it turns out, in a surprising number of college campuses now, that's just the case.

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"We begin this week with a call to action to deal with the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.," says host Barbara Lewis.   

Avoiding Overexposure To Sun While Driving

Aug 22, 2014
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Ditmire: People who live in California spend a lot of time in the sun and their car. And that combination concerns Beverly Hills Eye Surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

Dr. Wachler: People should realize when they are driving they are getting serious exposure over the years, which is why there is more skin cancer, more melanoma and more cataracts on the left side of the face and the eyes than on the right. 

Laser Surgery For Skin Cancer

Jun 9, 2014

Ray Jalian, M.D., recently led a study that showed lasers to be a promising alternative therapy to remove basal cell carcinoma. Dr. Jalian joins "Sound Medicine" to comment on the new procedure, the pros and cons of the Mohs procedure, and what the future looks like for treating basal cell carcinoma with lasers.

The "Other" Types Of Skin Cancer

Jun 2, 2014

The American Association for Cancer Research recently conducted a study that found many skin cancer survivors are skimping on proper sun protection. In fact, almost a quarter of melanoma survivors are not using sunscreen on a daily basis. Dermatologist Lisa Garner, M.D., said many patients believe they can’t avoid the sun because it’s their primary source of vitamin D. According to Dr. Garner, the proper way to get vitamin D is through a balanced diet and supplements, not the sun.

Sound Medicine: May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014