The High Risk of Developing a Malignant Melanoma After Organ Transplantation

Organ transplantation has become an exceedingly common, safe and predictable procedure today in this country. It both saves lives and markedly improves the quality of life for the fortunate recipients who have sustained end stage organ failure. This could involve the kidneys, liver, pancreas, intestine, lungs or heart. Individuals who…

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The Malignant Melanoma “Epidemic”

Skin cancers are the most common malignancy affecting Americans with basal cell carcinoma being the most common, followed by squamous cell carcinoma and then malignant melanoma. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are usually skin colored, typically just grow locally and rarely spread elsewhere except in the most advanced, neglected situations….

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Agent Orange Exposure and the Risk for Developing Non Pigmented Skin Cancers

As people age, they have an increased risk for developing skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas. This is significantly due to the long term cumulative effects on the skin’s cells of years of exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. People in their 60’s have…

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Can Daily Usage of Sunscreen Protect Your Skin Against Aging?

Sunscreen or no sunscreen? If you are relatively fair complected, do you faithfully put sunscreen on your face daily in attempts to protect your skin or do you not care, not know or have a fascinating reason or excuse for not doing so? Of course, if you have naturally dark…

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The Risk of Developing Malignant Melanoma is Increased With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Malignant melanomas are the most dangerous type of skin cancer and they do not need to be very large to be lethal. Whereas basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas virtually always grow locally and attain large sizes with minimal risks of spreading elsewhere, melanomas may be just a few…

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Drinking Coffee is Associated With a Decreased Risk of Developing the Skin Cancer Basal Cell Carcinoma

Rejoice! You can drink your coffee and feel that you did something healthful for yourself. Well, sort of… There is more good news regarding the consumption of coffee. It goes above and beyond getting us going in the morning, helping keep us awake and more alert during the day and…

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Chronic Sun Exposure and Its Dramatic Effects on Skin Aging

Do you want to learn two simple ways to keep your skin looking better longer? Of course you do! And wouldn’t it be more fantastic if these courses of action are absolutely pain free, inexpensive, non-surgical and require no down time? Absolutely! What are they, you ask? Minimize sun exposure…

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The Dangers of Tanning Bed Usage

Despite an intense sun shining nearly every day, year round, I find it absolutely amazing and puzzling that so many Arizonans frequent tanning beds. It doesn’t take very much to get a tan or burn here – and it need not be 110 degrees either. You may think that you…

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Tanning: Another Addiction

We know that smoking and drinking alcohol can be addicting. Some people even have a sex addiction. Studies now show that tanning, whether by the sun or in a tanning booth, can also be addicting. This is independent of the desire to look good and despite the knowledge of the…

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Kangaroos May Hold The Secret For The Prevention of Skin Cancers

Investigators in Australia and Austria have discovered a particular DNA enzyme in the skin of kangaroos that is effective in repairing the genetic damage associated with many skin cancers. This same enzyme is also present in other animals but not in humans. Sunscreens can be helpful in blocking the skin’s…

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