When to Consider Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

In many cases, radiation therapy provides an excellent alternative to invasive surgery. While surgery provides a handful of effective and safe treatments techniques for non-melanoma skin cancer, radiation therapy may be the best option for many people, either independently, or in conjunction with surgery.

How to Perform a Skin Cancer Self-Exam

Step-by-step guide to performing a skin cancer self-exam. Protecting yourself against harmful UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds is the most important step to preventing skin cancer. The second most important step is monitoring your body to detect signs and symptoms of skin cancer early—when it is least dangerous and easiest to treat and cure.
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What is Dysplastic Nevi (Atypical Moles)?

A dysplastic nevus, also called an atypical mole, is a mole that looks different that common moles in certain ways. Dysplastic nevi can form anywhere on the body, but are often found in areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun. However, it is not uncommon for dysplastic nevi to form on the scalp, breasts, or legs. Most people with dysplastic nevi also have more common moles that usual.

Sunscreen Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Sunscreen

Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type, geographic location, and outdoor activities is important. With so many brands and options, how do you choose the best sunscreen for you? Protecting yourself against ultraviolet (UV) radiation is critical to maintaining your health and preventing skin cancer. The best way to do so is to stay out of the sun—but you can't stay inside all the time.

How the Sun Damages Skin

While sunburns are painful and unsightly, they are far from the most dangerous aspect of UV radiation. After the sunburn fades, severe UV radiation damage and/or long-term sun exposure can alter our DNA and cause us to develop skin cancer.

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun

Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type, geographic location, and outdoor activities is important. But before delving into the specifics, it's important to use sunscreen it a way that allows it to do its job in the most effective way.

What is Actinic Keratosis?

What is Actinic Keratosis? Actinic keratosis (AK) is a rough, scaly, crusty, and/or discolored patch that grows on the skin. AKs are caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation.
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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer caused by damage to the DNA of melanocyte cells in the skin. Melanocytes produce melanin, a pigment in skin that is primarily responsible for skin color. When melanocytes DNA is damaged, it may cause the cells to mutate—leading to rapid, uncontrolled growth and the formation of malignant tumors.
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FDA approves new skin cancer drug for basal cell carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new skin cancer drug designed to treat basal cell carcinoma. The drug, Odomzo, will be used to treat locally advanced basal cell carcinomas in patients where the disease has returned after the original tumor was surgically removed. The drug will also be an option for patients who are not candidates for surgery or radiation treatment.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

315,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year in the United States. In 73,870 of those cases, the disease will spread from the site of the original tumor (a condition called invasive melanoma). An estimated 9,940 will die, a rate of nearly one death per hour.