We know a lot about skin—how to take care of it, protect it, and treat it when something goes wrong. But perhaps the most important thing to remember about skin is that it is constantly changing. Those changes are normal and healthy most of the time. Sometimes, however, they are
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
If you’re conscientious about your health, you exercise, watch what you eat, and see your physician periodically for a physical exam. And you might have your doctor screen you for certain types of cancer. Still, you might be missing one critical screening, both at your doctor’s office and at home:
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
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
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can originate with a mole. Fortunately, most moles, known to doctors as nevi (singular: nevus or naevus), are usually benign, but their total number should be monitored, because risk of melanoma increases with each additional one.
A simple test devised by researchers at King’s