Skin Cancer

The latest skin cancer news, advice, and information, including screening, diagnosis, risk factors, treatment, and real-life stories about people living with these diseases.

Diagnosing Stage 4 Melanoma

Learn what to expect at the dermatologist and the best questions to ask your care team about skin cancer.

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How a Mole Develops into Stage 4 Melanoma

Only four percent of skin cancers are melanoma, but it accounts for three-quarters of all skin cancer-related deaths.

By Eileen Bailey

Free Mobile App to Help with Skin Self-Checks

Self skin-checks are an important part of preventing and early detection of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone do a monthly self skin check, from head to toe.

By Eileen Bailey

Top Countries on a Global Skin Cancer Index

Derma.plus, a website that provides information about skin diseases has published the Skin Cancer Index 2018, a comprehensive look at the global impact of skin cancer.

By Diane Domina

Slather on the Sunscreen, and Make It High SPF

The way people typically apply sunscreen provides, at most, about 40 percent of the expected protection, say researchers at King’s College in London. The reason: Most people put on sunscreen too thin.

By Diane Domina

Stage 4 Melanoma Diagnosis – What Comes Next?

You’ve gotten a stage 4 melanoma diagnosis. You’re scared and uncertain for your future. A team of doctors will explain your options for treatment.

By Eileen Bailey

Stage 4 Melanoma - What to Ask Your Doctor

A stage 4 melanoma diagnosis is scary. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor about your options, treatment, and what to expect.

By Eileen Bailey

Protect Your Skin with the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet—rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids—can help lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

By Eileen Bailey

New Treatments and Diagnostics for Melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the past melanoma outsmarted us, but now, with new treatments and tests, we’re starting to outsmart melanoma.

By Eileen Bailey

Treatment Options for Metastatic Melanoma

Metastatic melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Early detection is important; once it spreads around the body, treatment options are limited.

By Eileen Bailey

Complementary Care for Stage 4 Melanoma

Complementary treatments are not considered scientifically proven to help or improve melanoma but may reduce side effects or improve quality of life.

By Eileen Bailey

Meet the Experts

Eileen Bailey

Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

Stephanie Stephens

M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Eileen Bailey

Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

Health News

Young Adults Aren't Heeding Tanning Warnings

Millennials – people born between 1981 and 1996 – are largely uninformed about the sun safety and sunscreen recommendations and continue to tan despite warnings about skin cancer risk.

Indoor Tanning Tied to Soaring Health Costs

A new study suggests that skin cancer caused by indoor tanning beds results in about $343 million in medical costs each year in the United States. Over the lifetimes of people currently diagnoses with melanoma or other types of skin cancer linked to ...

The Connection Between Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma

Parkinson’s disease increases melanoma risk, and people with melanoma are at increased risk for developing Parkinson’s, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that confirms earlier research suggesting a link. Although the associati...