Tag Archives: skin cancer

Dermatology Basics: 5 Signs That Mole Might Be Cancerous

Skin cancer is a very real threat for Americans; it’s estimated that one out of every five people in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime. As a result of this shocking statistic, it’s extremely important that you pay attention to your skin. Since moles are so common, you should know the difference […]

Just a mole or skin cancer? Identifying Melanoma.

When living in states with high instances of melanoma such Florida, it is important to know the difference between a simple mole and a dangerous instance of melanoma. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Moles themselves are benign melanocytes, simple cells […]

Does Higher SPF Sunblock Actually Make a Difference?

What does SPF in sunblock stand for? I want to start by clarifying what exactly SPF stands for and what those words actually mean for you. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it represents the ratio of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) dose that causes the first noticeable redness on sunblock-protected skin versus the dose of […]

How to prevent sun damage to your skin.

Properly preventing sun damage that could lead to skin cancer: Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer: Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, […]

What is Melanoma?

The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation or tanning beds)triggers genetic mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply fast and form malignant tumors. These tumors originate in the pigment producing cells called melanocytes in the basal layer […]

Adolescents and Tanning Bed Use: Parents Lead the Way

Tanning Bed Use Linked To Melanoma! Melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer, and the cases in the United States and across the globe continue to rise. One of the most significant reasons for this sharp increase in melanoma cases is the growing popularity of indoor tanning and tanning bed use. […]

How often should you get a skin cancer screening?

There are many things that you can afford to skip but a skin cancer screening is not one of them, especially for those living in Florida, the sunshine state. The probability of contracting skin cancer is extremely high in this part of the country due to high exposure to sunlight. There are also many activities […]

Identifying Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Defining Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer): Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis). This type of cancer may present itself as open sores, growths with a central depression, or warts. The lesions may crust or bleed.  […]

Skin Cancer Treatments

Skin cancer is a terrifying concept but has many treatments and is best caught early, so make sure you are going to your dermatologist regularly, especially if you are at-risk for skin cancer. Diagnosis: To diagnose skin cancer, a dermatologist will carefully examine abnormalities on your skins such as growths, moles, and dry patches. The […]