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
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
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 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
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
Though less common than the other types of skin cancer, melanoma is much more dangerous because it is more likely to invade other parts of the body. While anyone can have melanoma, seniors are more at risk. The average age for melanoma diagnosis is 62. Early detection remains the best
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
You look in the mirror while you comb your hair or shave your beard. Now, expand that self-inspection from your face to the rest of your body, using full-length and handheld mirrors. That full-body check is a ritual that you and all men should do periodically to search for skin