Posts tagged: melanoma

May 06 2014

Body check: 10 minutes could save your life from skin cancer

Dr. Debra Wattenberg, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York,   demonstrated how to conduct a 10-minute full body check on the TODAY show.

“Early detection saves lives,” she said. “If you detect it before it spreads, you have a 98 percent chance of cure.”

“Skin cancer actually occurs in one and five Americans, which is a super-high number,” Wattenberg said. “One person dies of malignant melanoma every hour. It can affect all races, all colors, all skin types.”

As TODAY distributed hand mirrors to fans gathered on the plaza, Wattenberg walked them through how to do a body check.

Before you start examining your skin for suspicious moles from top to bottom, strip down to your birthday suit and stand in front a mirror under strong light. Start with the scalp, parting the hair to check the skin and work your way down, using the hand mirror for places you can’t see up close.

“You’re looking for moles that are asymmetrical, we’re looking for moles that have irregular border, colors that are irregular, diameter bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, anything that’s changing or evolving. Moles that don’t go away, growths that hurt or scab or crust or bleed.”

Go here to download a mole chart from the American Academy of Dermatology.

It is not just the skin that is most often exposed to the sun that needs to be checked, but every place in between. That means under your arms and between your toes, Wattenberg said.

“You need to look everywhere,” she said.

There are some places that are harder to examine than others, and another person can help.

“It’s a great date-night activity,” Wattenberg said. “Your partner can help you see areas you can’t see.”

You can also photograph something suspicious as a reference. “If you see a change, you need to see your doctor,” she said.

Detailed instructions for giving yourself a thorough body check:

  • Strip down to your birthday suit.
  • Make sure you have good light, a hand mirror and a full length mirror.
  • Start with your scalp… Separate your hair and look closely.
  • Then examine face, under nose, ears and behind ears.
  • Next look at arms, under arms and backs of arms.
  • Check your chest, then abdomen, pelvis, groin and legs.
  • Sit down and check feet as wells as between toes.
  • Then use your hand mirror with your back to the full mirror to check your back, buttock and back of legs.
  • Every surface of the skin should be checked, even those places where the sun doesn’t shine.

What to look for: The ABCDEs of skin cancer:

A ASYMMETRY – One half unlike the other half.

B BORDER- Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

C COLOR – Varied from one area to another.

D DIAMETER – While melanomas are usually greater than 6 mm, they can be smaller.

E EVOLVING – A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest.

As melanoma is the second most common cancer in children and teenagers, a public service announcement aimed at teens, called “Dear 16-year-old Me,” has gone viral.

The videos features adults imagining they are talking to their younger selves, and urging people to spend 10 minutes a month checking their skin to help stop melanoma from spreading to places in the body like the liver, lungs and brain.

“One bad sunburn before you turn 18 doubles your chances of developing melanoma,” they say in the video.

 

May 01 2013

May is Melanoma Awareness Month – take precautions

melanoma_awareness_month_may_ribbon_sticker-p217819447695726762qjcl_400Skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that claims nearly 11,000 lives each year. Studies have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas. To minimize your exposure to damaging rays:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest;
  • Seek shade whenever possible;
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher;
  • Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and
  • Follow the “Shadow Rule” – if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn.
  • Avoid the harmful UV rays in tanning beds

My SPF-40 Lotion Mist Sun Block contains clear Zinc Oxide and is the only high SPF protection in a spray-lotion form. It’s broad spectrum protects skin against UVA and UVB exposure and helps prevent sun induced damage. It also contains antioxidants to help repair and rejuvenate skin.

The Daily Moisturizer with SPF- 30 is the ultimate daily moisturizer containing lipoic acid, vitamins A & E- powerful antioxidants for softer, more supple skin, all while providing sun protection.

Don’t forget to protect the lips with my Lip Protector with SPF 15 contains a unique blend of powerful antioxidants and moisturizers to prevent cracking and dryness. Repeated use results in soft and moist lips and erases fine lines around the lip line. And, the SPF protection makes it a great product to use year-round.

It’s possible to have a healthy glow without exposing yourself to harmful cancerous UV rays with my Sunless Tanning Bronzer. It is the only sunless tanning product with SPF-15, antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin smooth and supple. You can achieve radiant skin within an hour that will last approximately one week.

Aug 18 2011

Strides in Melanoma Research!

Great strides have been taken in Melanoma research. Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug of its kind to treat Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The pill called Zelboraf targets a specific gene mutation that is found in half of melanoma patients. Also approved, a new test to screen patients for the specific gene mutation.

To minimize your exposure to damaging rays:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest;
  • Seek shade whenever possible;
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher;
  • Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and
  • Follow the “Shadow Rule” – if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn.
  • Avoid the harmful UV rays in tanning beds
May 16 2011

Are Your Sun Care Needs Covered?

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Because May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, it’s a good time to make sure your sun care needs are covered.   Did you know that some common medicines and skin care products can increase your sensitivity to the sun  so you burn faster. Prescription drugs, such as antibiotics or Accutane, over-the-counter pain relievers, herbal remedies such as St. John’s Wort,  perfumes, exfoliating skin care products, and even some sunscreens can do this. Pain aside, a bad sunburn or excessive sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer. My SPF-40 Lotion Mist Sunblock is formulated  with clear zinc oxide to block UVA/UVB rays. It’s  PABA-free  and contains soothing aloe to reduce inflammation.. Like all of our products, it is allergy-tested and fragrance free.

May 10 2011

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

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Awareness Month. Skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that claims nearly 11,000 lives each year. Studies have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas. To minimize your exposure to damaging rays:

  • Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest;
  • Seek shade whenever possible;
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher;
  • Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and
  • Follow the “Shadow Rule” – if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn.
  • Avoid the harmful UV rays in tanning beds

My SPF-40 Lotion Mist Sun Block contains clear Zinc Oxide and is the only high SPF protection in a spray-lotion form. It’s broad spectrum protects skin against UVA and UVB exposure and helps prevent sun induced damage. It also contains antioxidants to help repair and rejuvenate skin.

The Daily Moisturizer with SPF- 30 is the ultimate daily moisturizer containing lipoic acid, vitamins A & E- powerful antioxidants for softer, more supple skin, all while providing sun protection.

Don’t forget to protect the lips with my Lip Protector with SPF 15 contains a unique blend of powerful antioxidants and moisturizers to prevent cracking and dryness. Repeated use results in soft and moist lips and erases fine lines around the lip line. And, the SPF protection makes it a great product to use year-round.

It’s possible to have a healthy glow without exposing yourself to harmful cancerous UV rays with my Sunless Tanning Bronzer? It is the only sunless tanning product with SPF-15, antioxidants and vitamins to leave your skin smooth and supple. You can achieve radiant skin within an hour that will last approximately one week.

Mar 29 2011

Wealthier Women Get More Melanoma, Study Finds

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“We think this has to do with cultural preferences in higher-income groups for tanning, having the time to tan and the means to pay for tanning beds, and sun exposure on vacations in the middle of winter,” said Christina A. Clarke, senior author of the paper.

The correlation between tanning and its negative effects on skin is something I see every day. I tell my patients that the only safe way to tan is to apply bronzer, and to religiously apply sun block every day. Tanning beds are especially dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Even the most ardent sun-worshippers among my patients are learning to love bronzer, and if applied after a good exfoliation using AHA Body Smoothing Lotion, it goes on smoothly and evenly for great results.

Aug 19 2010

Minimizing skin cancer risk

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital are working on a viral vaccine that fights melanoma cells, and recently melanoma genes have been identified. Still, the Daily News reports that the best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid exposure to sun, and to minimize damage by using protective clothing and sun block. Also  recommended are  monthly self-examination from head to foot to look for changes on moles that have ABCDE characteristics: asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving. A yearly check up with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is critical.

Jun 09 2010

Indoor Tanning found to be a clear risk for melanoma

Researchers say a new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Masonic Cancer Center definitively links the use of indoor tanning devices to increased risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

This research study involving 2,268 Minnesotans is the largest of its kind. It found:

  • People who use any type of tanning bed for any amount of time are 74% more likely to develop melanoma, and;
  • Frequent users of indoor tanning beds are 2.5 to 3 times more likely to develop melanoma than those who never use tanning devices. The study defines frequent uses as people who used indoor tanning for 50-plus hours, more than 100 sessions, or for 10-plus years. This increased risk applies similarly to all ages and genders.

It’s not often that you see “new study” and “definitive” in the same sentence, so this research should help put away any lingering doubt about the link between indoor tanning and melanoma. We know that overexposure to UV rays is destructive and in some cases, deadly. As I tell my patients, the only safe way to achieve a summer glow is to use a bronzer.

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Apr 16 2010

Taxes On Tanning and the Safe Way To Tan

A new change in the health care reform is requiring tanning salons to charge a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning services. It is hoped that the new tax on tanning salons will send a strong message to the public that indoor tanning has real risks, and potentially lower the number of young people visiting tanning salons on a regular basis.

 The medical profession has known for a long time that tanning is dangerous and increases a person’s risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer cases are at an all-time high in the United States; more than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year. Melanoma, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, has also become the most common cancer among women ages 25 to 29. Multiple studies have shown the earlier a person begins to go to tanning salons, the greater the risk of skin cancer later in life.

Despite the cancer warnings, young people still visit tanning salons in increasingly large numbers, especially young women.

The only safe way to tan is to use sunless bronzer. The Sunless Tanning Bronzer offers you a brilliant radiance all year round, with SPF-15 protection to leave your skin smooth and supple. This  unique bronzer gives your skin the color you want, without the harmful effects of sun exposure. 

Say NO to the sun and tanning salons and YES to Dr Michelle Copeland’s Sunless Tanning Bronzer for a  beautiful, natural-looking glow that boosts your your skin with a blend of antioxidants and vitamins.

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