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June 18, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
People bring sunscreen to the beach, but rarely to work. Yet a new study finds that in the U.S., some deadly skin cancers are more common on the left side of the body than the right, and the researchers think sitting driver-side is a factor. For the car commuters out there, the result raises the question of whether simply driving to work is risky. This would seem to be the case. Let’s take a current commute from a part of the country defined both by sun and by freeways that double as parking lots – say, Southern California.
June 15, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Sun lovers in Utah, Vermont and New Hampshire might especially be advised to study the new labels on sunscreens. The labels, to appear by next summer, are meant to provide a more accurate guide to sunscreen effectiveness --  and those three states have the highest rates of melanoma. The highest rates of death from melanoma, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2007, the most recent year available, are in Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Dakota and Delaware.
June 15, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines Tuesday for sunscreen labeling that will give consumers better information about the products' effectiveness and that will, for the first time, allow the bottles, tubes and sprays to say that sunscreens protect against skin cancer and early skin aging. The agency has been considering such regulations since 1978 and released some proposed rules in 2007, but subsequently concluded that the labeling system under consideration would be too confusing for consumers.
June 6, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Two new drugs can significantly increase survival in patients with metastatic melanoma, the advanced and generally lethal form of skin cancer, researchers reported. Results were so dramatic in a trial of one of the drugs that the study was halted early, researchers reported Sunday at a Chicago meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Studies on both drugs were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. Melanoma is among the most common cancers in the United States.
June 6, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The UV rays blasting down from the sun do more than burn your skin. They attack you right down to your DNA. That's why there's such a strong link between sun exposure and skin cancer. If you could somehow repair the sun-damaged DNA in your skin, you could go a long way toward reducing your risk of skin cancer. As a bonus, your skin would look younger and healthier. Every skin cell has a toolbox of enzymes that fix broken DNA, but what can you do when natural repairs aren't enough?
May 18, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Some teen girls and young women may not need a lesson in the cancer risks of indoor tanning — they apparently already know them. A new online survey by the American Academy of Dermatology found that most females (86%) who reported using an indoor tanning bed in the last year knew it could increase the risk of skin cancer. And 48% of the indoor tanners knew someone with skin cancer or someone who’d had it. But to them, there are compelling cosmetic reasons to do it anyway.
May 9, 2011 | Jill U. Adams
Late last month, doctors removed a cancerous growth from Gov. Jerry Brown's nose. The diagnosis was basal cell carcinoma, a common skin cancer that is very treatable and only rarely spreads elsewhere in the body. It is not the same as melanoma, which is a less common but deadlier skin cancer. "I think one of the biggest misunderstandings about skin cancer is the difference between melanoma and non-melanoma," says Dr. Lisa Chipps, an L.A.-based dermatologist and educational spokeswoman for the Skin Cancer Foundation, a national awareness group based in New York City.
May 8, 2011 | By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
At one of the many gatherings that marked the recent state Democratic convention, the party's future could be glimpsed. As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to a group of activists, his eyes briefly darted to a commotion at the back of the room. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was trying to leave after her own speech but had been mobbed by admirers begging for autographs and pictures. Moments later, Newsom was surrounded by his own crush as he tried to exit. Democrats have swept the statewide offices in recent elections, but their success has masked a looming problem: The party's top officeholders — Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sens.
May 6, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown's recent disclosure that he had been treated for a common, curable cancer raises anew the thorny issue of how much the public has a right to know about such matters. The governor knew for "approximately one week" before his April 29 surgery that there was a cancerous growth on his nose, his spokesman said, although he didn't mention it publicly until a day after the procedure. Reporters had asked on April 21, eight days before the operation, about the bandage on Brown's nose after a biopsy, and the first lady had denied it was cancer.
May 3, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California's beleaguered indoor tanning industry, after being hit with a new federal tax, is fighting to hold on to a sizable piece of its clientele: teenagers. On Monday, a state Senate committee approved a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to ban those under age 18 from using ultraviolet tanning beds and similar devices. The bill's author, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), shepherded the bill out of the Business and Professions Committee in time to meet an evening deadline for passage.
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