August 5, 2013 |
As a surgical oncologist, I'm usually the one delivering the bad news. But this time I was the recipient. Nine days earlier, my dermatologist had taken a biopsy from a small pink dot on my back, and now the results were available. It was, he told me, malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. I envisioned the irony of my obituary: "Melanoma surgeon dies of melanoma. " Specializing in the care of melanoma patients makes me all too aware of the facts. I know that melanoma is one of only a few cancers whose incidence is increasing.
May 6, 2013 |
The nearly 3 in 10 white girls of high school age who use indoor tanning beds likely will soon come face-to-face with a new and stiffer warning aimed at young people eager to get that sun-kissed glow in a hurry: Don't. Faced with mounting evidence that indoor tanning greatly increases cancer risk among younger users, the Food & Drug Administration proposed Monday to require tanning booths and beds to carry a warning encouraging young people not to use the devices. Businesses that use devices and beds that use UV-A and UV-B rays to promote tanning currently are required to post signs warning consumers about health risks that come with their use. But the devices themselves are exempt from pre-market review.
April 8, 2013 |
You would think that people who were diagnosed with melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- would be meticulously careful about using sunscreen, avoiding tanning salons and generally protecting their skin. You would be wrong, researchers said Monday. Melanoma tumors develop in the skin cells that make melanin, the brown pigment that protects skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. It is the least common type of skin cancer, but it can be the most dangerous.
July 17, 2012 |
Indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer. Governments are acting, with restrictions on use of the facilities spreading across the U.S. and countries around the world. That's the finding of a report just published online in the Archives of Dermatology after its Colorado authors conducted an exhaustive search on the Web for all tanning-related legislation worldwide. Few countries go as far as Brazil, where indoor tanning has been banned for everyone since 2011. (The ban is for cosmetic purposes, not therapeutic ones such as psoriasis treatment, for which UV exposure can be helpful because it tamps down the immune system.)
June 24, 2012 |
Random facts we learned on Sunday's episode of "True Blood": -- Vampires cannot use tanning beds to commit suicide. -- Bleach is not a normal ingredient in Merlotte's gumbo recipe. The suicidal vampire, of course, is Tara, who's still struggling to come to terms with her new nature, and it's Lafayette, naturally, who inexplicably poisons a pot of stew before glancing up and catching a familiar-looking demon reflected back at him in the mirror. What did Jesus say about that old dark magic again?
May 9, 2012 |
The New Jersey woman known as the "tanning bed mom" had a chuckle when her likeness was spun off into a "Saturday Night Live"parody. But she's probably not laughing about the latest attempt to profit from her notoriety. A Connecticut novelty company called Hero Builders has begun selling a “tanorexic action figure" that it says is based on Patricia Krentcil. But here's the problem: It looks nothing like her. In fact, the doll barely looks like a woman. It does bear some resemblance, however, to a transgendered Frankenstein aiming for the Barbie look.