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Caffeine May Help Protect Skin from UV Rays

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 24th, 2011 | No Comments »
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There have been a number of recent studies examining the possible cancer preventive properties of caffeine and coffee, focused mainly on prostate and non-melanoma skin cancers. Researchers at Rutgers University, though, have found that ingesting caffeine or rubbing it on the skin may help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer caused by harmful UV rays, due in part to its ability to hinder the protein enzyme ATR during the pre-cancerous stage. Although it remains ...

Physician & Skin Cancer Survivor to Young Women: There is No Such Thing as a Safe Tan!

Posted by Jessica Sparks Lilley, M.D. on July 21st, 2011 | No Comments »
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As a pediatrician, I have dedicated much of my life to improve the health of children. Amid my grueling schedule, during my second year of residency I noticed in a bleary-eyed post-call shower that a mole on my chest had changed a little. I recounted the ABCD’s of skin cancer: my mole was only a little larger than a pencil eraser with more heterogeneity than I remembered. When I made an appointment with my internist, ...

Stylish and Sun-Safe: Baby Photo Contest Winner Announced

Posted by Cheryssa Jensen and Liona Chan, Communication Associates on June 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Congratulations to baby Gracie, 1 y.o., from Rochester, MI. You won the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s “Sun-Smart Baby Photo Contest” on Facebook! To celebrate Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month this May, the Foundation launched a “Sun-Smart Baby Photo Contest” on Facebook to spread the word about the importance of protecting babies’ delicate skin from the sun. We asked for pictures of your babies protected from the sun by sporting stylish sun hats. Thanks to all those ...

Cancer Survivor to Young Women: Skin Cancer Prevention Essential

Posted by Lauren Antognoli, Development Associate on May 13th, 2011 | No Comments »
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One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned as a cancer survivor is to take care of my skin. Before my diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002, I would work on my tan throughout the summer by slathering on tanning oil and laying out in the sun for hours. I always got very dark and rarely burned, so I figured it was “safe” for me to skip the sunscreen. And as embarrassing as it is ...