10 Must Read Articles on Skin Cancer From 2016

Eileen Bailey | Dec 12th 2016 Apr 10th 2017

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Check out our top 10 articles on skin cancer from 2016. Whether you are living with skin cancer or want to take preventive steps, there is something here for you.

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Skin Cancer: The Stigma of "It's Your Fault"

Disclosing certain cancers, such as skin cancer or lung cancer, can sometimes elicit a response that implies the cancer is your fault, that your behavior caused it. Taking care of yourself and practicing sun safety is important, but having skin cancer is not your fault.

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How to Talk to Teens About Skin Cancer Prevention

Teens often believe that having a tan makes you more attractive than pale skin. Because of this, it can be hard to get teens to pay attention to smart sun safety. We provide suggestions for talking with your teens to help drive the message home.

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New Gadgets and Apps That Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

You can use technology to make your sun protection measures even safer. There are bracelets that alert you when it is time to reapply sunscreen. A number of apps also help you plan your day outdoors by giving you specific information about the UV index based on your location.

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How Does Your Sunscreen Measure Up?

There are specific guidelines for what makes an “effective” sunscreen. But one study found that almost 40 percent of “top rated” sunscreens on Amazon did not meet those guidelines. Be sure you know what to look for when purchasing a sunscreen.

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Melanoma in Teens: Skin Cancer Isn't Just for the Elderly

Melanoma, usually thought of as a disease that strikes the elderly, is on the rise in young people. Overexposure to the sun and the increase in indoor tanning might be to blame. No matter what your age, you should know your risks and what you can do to protect yourself.

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What to Know About UV Rays

There are two types of UV rays that reach the earth’s atmosphere and cause damage to the skin: UVA and UVB. Understanding the difference and how sunscreens work can help you better protect yourself.

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New Sunscreen: Blocks Sun, Protects from Skin Cancer, and Allows Your Body to Produce Vitamin D

One concern of wearing sunscreen at all times is that it prevents you from producing vitamin D, an essential vitamin for ongoing health. A new sunscreen blocks the sun yet still lets in the sun’s rays that produce vitamin D. You can have it all!

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Common Food Additive Might Help Protect from Sun Damage

Researchers have found that a compound derived from the seeds of the achiote fruit, common in Latin American cooking, might help to prevent skin damage.

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Can You Use Someone Else's Immune Cells to Fight Skin Cancer?

Immunotherapy uses your own genetically modified immune cells to fight cancer. New research shows that healthy immune cells from donors might be able to strengthen your immune system and attack cancer cells.

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Skin Cancer May Develop in Unusual Places

Skin cancer often shows up in places on your body that are frequently exposed to the sun. But that doesn’t always happen. You need to be on the lookout for new spots and lesions on every inch of your skin, including inside your mouth.

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