If the headlines about a drug related to B vitamins helping to prevent skin cancer tempted you to toss your sunscreen and broad-brimmed hat, think again. The findings were exciting because the hope of preventing cancer with vitamins has largely proven elusive, and the researchers declared their results ready to
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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
During the past 12 months, skin cancer and skin disease research advances have been reported in record numbers. Almost every week, another step has been made toward diagnosing, treating, and preventing conditions that can affect all of us.
As a result, cure rates have never been higher. The overall five-year survival
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
Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the top cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). However, recent advances in lung cancer treatment and an approval for annual screening of at-risk persons mean that patients with lung cancer have
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
Statin Therapy in the Elderly
Statins have been shown to be effective at decreasing heart attacks and deaths in those with known coronary artery disease (CAD)—however, few adults over age 75 have been included in studies of primary prevention for those with known CAD. A recent study (Annals of Internal Medicine,