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
What are the risk factors for prostate cancer? It’s a question that remains unanswered despite a growing body of research identifying risk factors and prevention strategies.
Scientists do know that prostate cancer symptoms occur when changes or mutations in the DNA of prostatic cells cause abnormal proliferation of those cells, resulting
Pretty much everyone knows his or her normal urine color (or subtle range of urine colors). If the shade changes a great deal, however, we can become a little alarmed.
But hold on. While urine color is a centuries-old diagnostic tool, many shades of yellow can be perfectly normal, even if
A relatively easy procedure, blue light therapy has successfully treated multiple conditions, including cancer, actinic keratosis (a type of superficial skin cancer), and acne. More commonly known as photodynamic therapy (PDT), blue light therapy works often as well as surgery or radiation therapy. Plus, it doesn’t cause awful side-effects.
This chapter is about taking action. It includes seven ways you can evaluate your skin’s health and do something about it, and a quiz to test your skin care knowledge.
Skin Care Assessment: Grade Yourself is a 10-item list of things you do or don’t do to cleanse, moisturize, or protect
Nearly half of all Americans who live to the age of 65 will develop some type of skin cancer. Almost all of them, if diagnosed and treated early, will be cured. If not, all three types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—can be disfiguring and/or deadly.
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Regardless of skin type, we all have three main layers that comprise our skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis—plus many more sublayers that have multiple functions. The obvious function of the skin is protection. But the skin also stores water and fat, and it interacts with sunlight to ensure the production
Sunscreens, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothes are not the only ways to protect your skin against the sun’s rays. Certain foods contain properties that protect against the damage caused by ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation. Among the substances that fall into that category are antioxidant vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Taking care of our skin doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. It’s not time consuming, nor does it require expensive products.
Just a few minutes a day cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting your skin can help avoid some of the problems and costs of unsightly and unhealthy skin conditions later on.