Prevention

APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF SUNSCREENS PROVIDE LESS THAN HALF OF THE SPF CLAIMED

Medscape (5/19, Doheny) reported, “About a third of sunscreens tested by experts…provide less than half the SPF protection claimed on the label,” according to Consumer Reports’ annual sunscreen report. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration does not routinely test sunscreen products’ SPF. Dr. Bader recommends sunscreens that have a high concentration of zinc…

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REDUCE SUNBURN WITH A SINGLE DOSE OF VITAMIN D

According to a recent study, a single dose of at least 100,000 IU vitamin D3 rapidly attenuates sunburn when given within one hour of sun exposure. Lower doses were far less effective.

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TANNING BED USE FOR MINORS INCREASES MELANOMA RISK AND DEATH

A recent meta-analysis and data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey concluded that prohibiting tanning bed use for minors could potentially reduce the incidence of melanoma by 4.9% and the number of melanoma deaths by 4.7%. It has been long known that tanning bed use increases the risk of cancer, but these findings are quite alarming….

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FISH OILS MAY HELP PROTECT AGAINST SKIN CANCER

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, taking omega-3 oils helped patients ward off the harmful effects of sunshine.  This study suggests that taking omega-3 fish oils may have a protective effect against the development of skin cancer, although further studies are needed. 

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CHILDREN USE MORE SUNSCREEN WHEN DISPENSED FROM A PUMP

A study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that children use the most sunscreen when dispensed from a pump, when compared with squeeze bottles and roll-on dispensers. Despite this finding, kids used half of the recommended amount even with the pump-dispenser.

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CHILDREN USE MORE SUNSCREEN WHEN DISPENSED FROM A PUMP

A study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that children use the most sunscreen when dispensed from a pump, when compared with squeeze bottles and roll-on dispensers. Despite this finding, kids used half of the recommended amount even with the pump-dispenser.

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MALIGNANT MELANOMA IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER IN YOUNG CAUCASIAN WOMEN (AGES 25 TO 29)

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Malignant Melanoma is the most common cancer in white women ages 25 to 29 years and the second most common form of cancer in women 15 to 30 years of age. Interestingly, these are the ages that many women will go the beach to get tan or use tanning beds.  Despite…

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THE NEW U.S. FDA GUIDELINES FOR RATING AND LABELING SUNSCREENS

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United Stated. One should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The SPF rating system only applies to the protection the sunscreen has against UVB and will still be used. Here are the changes in labeling: The highest SPF rating will now…

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SKIN CANCER SCREENING PERFORMED BY A DERMATOLOGIST IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN SELF-DETECTION

Although most people know of the dangers of skin cancer and even checking their skin periodically, Dermatologists are musch better at noticing subtle changes.  Melanoma is the most dangerous of the common skin cancers and can be found by patients themselves, but new research reveals that self-detection is not as effective as screenings performed by…

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DOES USING SUNSCREEN INCREASE MY RISK OF GETTING SKIN CANCER?

This is a common question that I am asked that has a complicated answer. To put it simply, the answer is maybe. Studies have shown that people who apply sunscreen regularly are more likely to experience painful, damaging sunburns. In fact, these persons had a 23% greater risk of multiple sunburns within the past year….

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