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Posts for tag: skin cancer

By Dr. Peter Accetta, M.D.
February 21, 2017
Category: Sun Protection

                                                                            

    A patient brought to my attention that a frequently recommended sunscreen now comes with a warning label.

           Warning: This product contains a chemical know to the State of California to cause cancer.

     The state of California bases their decision on a study performed on mice that were fed Zinc Oxide over a period of time. The mice experienced anemia, renal and liver damage.

    Zinc is however, an essential metal needed by all mammals and commonly found in nutritional supplements. There is no evidence that micro or nanoparticle zinc oxide reaches the blood stream when applied to skin. Studies with electron microscope shows zinc particles confined to the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of skin.

    Unprotected exposure to the sun or indoor tanning booths is the major risk factor for skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend titanium and zinc oxide products as safe and effective sun protection. 

               

By As reported recently by " The Dermatologist" medical journal
September 20, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: skin cancer   melanoma   tanning   women  

    A  new American Academy of Dermatology survey revealed that 71% of 18 to 34 year old women know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, and 66% know that getting a bade tan is not a healthy way to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays. The survey also indicates 98% know that skin cancer can be deadly. 

    "Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in young women, and we believe this may be due in part to their tanning habits. It is alarming that young women are continuing to tan even though they're aware of the danger."

    "Exposure to UV radiation, whether it's from the sun or an indoor tanning device, is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Women need to take their knowledge and turn it into action by protecting themselves from the sun and staying out of tanning beds."

                                                               

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
March 16, 2016
Category: Sun Protection
Tags: Dogs   skin cancer   zinc oxide   pets   animals  

Just like humans, our furry pets can get skin cancer too! It is important to protect our pets from UV rays, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If your dog is like mine, he loves to bask in the rays of the sun! You apply sunscreen to yourself so, why wouldn't you want to protect your best friend also! I've done some research and found some tips that may help ful to you and your dog:

  • Always have a shady place outside where your dog can lay and escape from direct sunlight.
  • Sunscreen for pets does exist! Your dog needs sunscreen to areas that are exposed like his ears, nose, groin and belly or in any area where he may be losing hair. You can find pet specific sunscreen on the internet or you can ask your veterinarian.
  • Dog hair is protective but not if it isn't there, so don't shave your dog in the summer.
  • DON'T use zinc oxide sunscreen on your pet. It's great for humans but it can be toxic if ingested by animals!
  • If your dog is sensitive to sunscreen, you can find dog or pet specific sun protective clothing.

Horses and other animals with minimal hair are susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer as well.

By Emily Gottstein, PA-C
February 24, 2016
Category: Melanoma
Tags: skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen   tanning   spray tan  

Sometimes in the evening after work, I enjoy watching the entertainment news shows to stay up on my pop culture. One of the stories this week was about Witney Carson. She is a dancer on "Dancing with the Stars." She revealed that she was recently diagnosed with the potentially deadly form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, on her foot.

She is just a young woman at 22 years old.

Luckily, it was caught early and she was able to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the cancer. She did admit in an interview that she used to go to tanning beds to get "that glow" to her skin. This is just further supporting recent statistics that tanning beds are increasing melanoma rates in young women. This also shows, that melanoma affects us all.

It doesn't matter if you're a regular person or a famous dancer. It's always important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis and if you are looking for that glow to your skin then opt for a spray on tan!

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
August 13, 2014
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: skin cancer   breast cancer   moles   skin exam  

It was recently reported in the Dermatology Times that there is a greater risk of a woman developing breast cancer if she also has a lot of moles. Separate studies were done in the United States and France. The study done in the United States revealed that women who had 15 or more moles on a single arm were 35% more likely to develop breast cancer then women who had no moles. There is a theory that estrogen is the common factor that influences the growth of moles as well as the growth of breast tumors. This study is another reason to make sure that both men and women have regular skin cancer screenings, as men are not immune to breast cancer. Remember to perform self skin and breast examinations also!



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