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How to Do a Skin Cancer Self-Check

The words “skin cancer” are scary because we often associate all skin cancer with the often-deadly melanoma. But, most skin cancers—even some melanomas—are curable when diagnosed and treated early. But since you likely only see your primary care provider once a year for an annual physical, it is up to you to identify any suspicious skin lesions that may need to be checked sooner by a medical professional.

What You Need for a Self-Check

Self-checks for skin lesions should be done Continue reading How to Do a Skin Cancer Self-Check

Does Bacteria Protect You from Skin Cancer?

Usually in terms of skincare, the word “bacteria” conjures up images of unsightly blemishes. After all, everyone knows that bacteria cause acne, right? Well, that may be true, but not all types of bacteria work to diminish the health and beauty of your skin.

A recent study conducted at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests that a type of bacteria—staphylococcus epidermidis, or S. epidermis—commonly found on human skin has the potential to prevent skin cancer! Continue reading Does Bacteria Protect You from Skin Cancer?

Experts Disagree about Skin Cancer Diagnosis but Not about Skin Cancer Prevention

Dr. Joann Elmore at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine led a study investigating how often pathologists agreed—or disagreed—about skin cancer diagnoses. Her results show that doctors don’t always agree about the presence or progression of cancer. However, to date, doctors still largely agree about how to prevent skin cancer.

About the Skin Cancer Diagnosis Study

Dr. Elmore’s study involved: Continue reading Experts Disagree about Skin Cancer Diagnosis but Not about Skin Cancer Prevention