Category Archives: cancer

Curettage (scrapping) and cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen cold spray) for superficial skin cancers…






For some thin cancers of the trunk and extremities, curettage followed by cryosurgery is effective. Superficial basal and squamous cell carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs) usually occur on the trunk and extremities. As the name implies, these tumors grow sideways instead … Continue reading

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Children fail to apply sunscreen at recommended thickness…






Australian children do not apply the recommended amount of sunscreen before school, suggest study results, which may put them at increased risk for sunburn. The researchers noted that the mean amount of cream applied by the children went up when … Continue reading

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Basal cell carcinoma at a young age: another consequence of tanning beds…






Tanning bed users younger than 40 developed early-onset BCCs significantly more often than nonusers.  Over the past 4 decades, the incidence of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has increased markedly, particularly in women under the age of 40. This increase coincides … Continue reading

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Sun sets on ultraviolet tanning beds…






From the Sydney Morning Herald : COMMERCIAL tanning beds will be banned in NSW under radical new laws to be announced by the government today. NSW will be the only place in the world besides Brazil to institute a total … Continue reading

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Tanning-salon business built on deception…only in America ? Unlikely.






ABC World News (Jan 2, story 8, 2:25, Sawyer) reported, “Here’s a surprising fact we learned today. There are more tanning salons in America than there are Starbucks. It is a huge, booming business. But some members of Congress warned today … Continue reading

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Melanoma on the rise but report shows death rates from certain cancers declining…






NBC Nightly News (Jan 4, story 6, 1:45, Williams) reported, “The American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer stats and cancer trends is out today with some encouraging news inside it. For the biggest cancer killers, death rates are down across … Continue reading

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Sunbed ban may prevent the commonest skin cancer (BCC) risk in patients under 40…






The UK’s Daily Mail (Jan 1, 2012 by Ellis) reported, “A quarter of cases of the most common form of skin cancer in the under-40s could be prevented if sunbeds were banned, research suggests.” Researchers found that “indoor tanning significantly … Continue reading

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How effective is melanoma screening ?






Melanoma mortality dropped significantly in one German state after a population-wide screening project, while mortality rates remained stable in the rest of Germany.  The effects of organized skin cancer screening on diagnosis and rates of morbidity and mortality are unknown. … Continue reading

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Ultraviolet radiation emitted by tanning beds causes DNA mutations…






In 2009, the World Health Organization declared tanning beds to be carcinogens (JW Dermatol Jul 30 2009), based largely on epidemiologic evidence. The tanning bed industry countered, using marketing practices remarkably like those employed by tobacco manufacturers (J Am Acad … Continue reading

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Smoking associated with increased skin cancer risk in women…






HealthDay (Dec 16 by Holohan) reports, “If you’re a woman who smokes and you are looking for another reason to quit, consider this: A new study” published online in Cancer Causes Control “has found a link between tobacco use and skin … Continue reading

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