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Melanomas Can Affect All Races

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups.

However, a new study suggests that African-Americans

The Best Ways to Protect Your Skin During the Summer

Over-exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can not only cause pre-mature aging of the skin, but it can also increase your risk of skin cancer. No matter what your age, it’s crucial that you take steps to limit sun damage and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer,

3. Managing Other Conditions

Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box

2. Beating Skin Cancer

Cancer is the name for a collection of related diseases. The distinguishing characteristic of all them is that cells divide, grow, and spread (metastasize) to other tissues of the body.
Skin cancer, then, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It is responsible for one-third of all cancers in the United

1. Skin 101

We look at it several times a day, touch it, admire it, worry about it, and spend money on it. At times, we ignore or abuse it.
The way we choose to take care of our skin today will show up later in health and appearance. With life-long attention, skin can

Tracking Melanoma: How It Spreads to Other Organs

“The threat of melanoma is not in the initial tumor that appears on the skin, but rather in its metastasis—in the tumor cells sent off to colonize in vital organs like the brain, lungs, liver, and bones. We have discovered how the cancer spreads to distant organs and found ways

Diabetes Signs and Symptoms: What Are My Long-Term Risks?

Diabetes Signs and Symptoms: What Are My Long-Term Risks?

If you’ve experienced diabetes signs and symptoms, your healthcare provider may have told you about short-term risks of poorly controlled diabetes, among them them diabetic emergencies or diabetic shock.
These aren’t the only reasons, however, that you need to keep your diabetes signs and symptoms tightly controlled. (See also our

UHN Blog: A Crusade Against Cancerous Moles

UHN Blog: A Crusade Against Cancerous Moles

The mirror never lies, no matter how much I’d like it to. The mirror is a timepiece, with each new gray hair marking another minute, and each wrinkle above my brow representing another day behind me on my life’s continuum. I see less hair where I want it, and more

Use Sunscreen Properly to Avoid Feeling the Burn

There is much evidence supporting the benefits of sunscreen for minimizing damage to your skin due to sun exposure. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays effectively subject your skin to a dose of radiation that attacks cells, damaging their DNA and causing them to grow out of control. “There is no

Give Your Skin a Close-Up

Skin changes are a normal part of aging. Over time, you may notice the sudden appearance of brown spots and moles. While most of these are harmless, seniors still need to closely monitor them, says Gary Chuang, MD, a dermatologist with UCLA Health. “They could cause skin irritation, and changes

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