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Wine May Help Prevent Skin Damage

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 9th, 2011 | No Comments »
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If you’re looking for another way to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation this summer, look no further than a glass of wine. A recent study has shown that grape derivatives found in wine can help prevent cell and skin damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, reducing sunburn and potentially even preventing skin cancer. It’s no substitute for sunscreen, but there’s nothing wrong with drinking wine in moderation to help keep your ...

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, ...

Sunless Tanning Studio to Give Free Spray Tans to Save Your Skin

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation staff on June 1st, 2011 | No Comments »
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There will be more than 1,000,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States this year, but Chicagoans will have a cancer-free way to get a gorgeous golden brown tan. Spray of Sunshine in Lincoln Park is aiming to start a sunless revolution! They have teamed up with the Prevent Cancer Foundation and starting June 20, they will kick off a week long benefit to help educate our community about safe tanning and skin ...

Family History & Freckles Led to Young Adult’s Skin Cancer Prevention Revelation

Posted by Meghan Keane, Development Assistant on May 31st, 2011 | 1 Comment »
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“I am going to get skin cancer.” Coming from a healthy 22 year old, this might sound like a jarring statement, but according to the Mayo Clinic people with fair skin, who have blonde or red hair and who freckle or burn easily are at a much greater risk of developing skin cancer. Fair skin? Check. Red hair? Check. Skin that freckles and burns easily? Double check. If these were the only risk factors that applied to me, I ...