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You can prevent skin cancer

June 2013

Itís a proven fact: Many skin cancers can be prevented. This month, we show you what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Skin cancer prevention tips (2:07)

What dermatologists tell their patients

Clothing plays an important role in protecting you from the sunís harmful rays. You want to choose clothing that does not let light shine through when held up to a bright light.

Related resources

Dangers of indoor tanning

Is sunscreen safe?

Skin cancer: Who gets and causes

In the news

Is sunscreen the fountain of youth?
Applying sunscreen every day can keep your skin looking younger. This finding comes from a 4-and-Ĺ-year study conducted in Australia, where the sunís rays are intense.

In this study, one group of people was told to apply sunscreen every day to all exposed skin. They were also told to reapply every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating. The other group was told to use sunscreen as they wished. To find out what difference in skin aging the researchers observed between these two groups, read Daily sunscreen helps middle-aged skin stay young: Study.

Promising new therapies for advanced melanoma
As scientists gain a better understanding of melanoma, new treatments are emerging. In late-May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new drugs for advanced melanoma. When a person has advanced melanoma, it means that the cancer spread or surgery cannot remove the cancer. These new drugs cannot cure melanoma, but they may give some patients more time.

The FDA also approved a diagnostic test that can tell whether these new drugs may help a patient.

Another breakthrough in melanoma treatment was made during a clinical trial for advanced melanoma. Researchers found that when patients taking ipilimumab (FDA approved for advanced melanoma) also took another drug, the ipilimumab was more effective. To learn more, read:

FDA approves two drugs, companion diagnostic test for advanced skin cancer

Combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab drugs reduces tumor size in metastatic melanoma patients

Academy news

Free skin cancer screenings offered
Do you check your skin for signs of skin cancer? Do you get skin cancer screenings? To encourage these healthy habits, the Academy offers free skin cancer screenings. You can find out whether a screening will be held in your area and sign up to be alerted when a free screening is offered in your area at: Free skin cancer screenings.

Dermatologists answer common sunscreen questions
With so many sunscreens available, it can be difficult to choose one. Should you select a gel, cream, or stick? What SPF do you really need? Dermatologists are frequently asked such questions. Youíll find their answers at: Sunscreen 101: Dermatologists answer burning questions about sunscreens.

Two more states ban minors from indoor tanning
The science is indisputable. Indoor tanning greatly increases a personís risk of developing skin cancer. To protect its youngest citizens, more states are passing legislation that bans minors from indoor tanning. To learn when these new state bans go into effect, read:

Dermatology A to Z: Dermatologistsí advice at your fingertips
Have you ever wanted to ask your dermatologist about nail care or the best way to wash your face? Perhaps, you wanted to take a few minutes to ask about selecting a sunscreen but felt silly. Now you can get this type of advice online.

Within Dermatology A to Z, youíll find dermatologistsí tips and advice about many topics including:

  • How to keep your nails healthy if you wear artificial nails.
  • Tips to prevent melasma from worsening during the summer.
  • How to treat poison ivy at home and when you need to see a dermatologist.

Whether youíre at home or on the go, you can access these tips and trusted information any time at Dermatology A to Z.

Next month – Hair styling without damage


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