“According to an analysis published in JAMA Dermatology, from 1997 to 2017, nearly 18,000 cases of depression, anxiety, and emotional lability linked to isotretinoin use were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those in the 10- to 19-year-old age group accounted for the larger proportion of suicides — more than individuals in their 20s or 30s (58% vs. 37% vs. 4%). This suggests that teenagers may be “particularly vulnerable to psychiatric adverse events while taking isotretinoin,” or that they are prescribed the medication more frequently, noted the study authors. The majority of individuals to die from suicide were men (79%), which is consistent with national statistics.”
Meaning… For a group in which everyone is taking Roaccutane, aged from 10-30 years, the 10-19 years of age group is more prone to psychiatric events (depression, anxiety and emotional lability). We do not know if this is due to either taking Roaccutane or being 10-19 years of age or both.
However, the suicide rate among those taking isotretinoin may be lower than in the general population. In 2009 and 2010, respectively, 8.4 and 5.6 suicides occurred for every 100,000 individuals taking isotretinoin, which was lower than national rates from the same time period (11.8 and 12.1 per 100,000). The study’s lead author noted that a risk of increased suicidal ideation in patients with acne has been reported in prior studies, irrespective of treatment method.
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the week is a time when we remind Australians of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.
Our 2015 theme is ‘UV. It all adds up’, which will focus on the unintentional UV damage Australians can accumulate when they forget sun protection.
More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.
New data from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey will be unveiled during the week to reveal the latest trends in our sun protection behaviours.
National Skin Cancer Action Week is a great time to remind people to slip on sun-protective clothing, slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.
A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking so you can pick up on any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
You can find out more about skin cancer here.
This is known as lichen planus, a very itchy inflammatory (as in non-cancerous, not infectious) condition. The cause is unknown most of the time but it could be due to allergy to some medications. It is most commonly located on the wrists but the spots may even be found inside the mouth sometimes ! Consult your Dermatologist.
An early melanoma may be perfectly circular, uniformly black in colour and only a few mm wide. Just a BLACK DOT !
That’s why you should check your skin at least monthly to look for “NEW” spots.
Take some “selfies” of your own skin to help pick the newbies (which may end up being badies) !
That’s also why you should see a real expert (i.e. a Dermatologist) to tell the bad (malignant) from the good (benign) ones to avoid unnecessary surgery and scars.
What does a melanoma look like ? What you should watch out for ?
Irregular shape (not round or oval)
Irregular colour (different shades of brown or red)