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Tanning Beds Directly Correlate to Skin Cancer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »
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A major European study by the International Prevention Research Institute in France recently found extremely high rates of melanoma in young users of indoor tanning beds. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is strongly correlated with exposure to UV light. A number of studies conducted in northern European nations all concluded that increased UV exposure through indoor tanning beds is directly responsible for increased melanoma rates.  Researchers warned health officials of the dangers ...

Teens Banned from New York Tanning Beds

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 7th, 2012 | No Comments »
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New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law on July 16 prohibiting the use of indoor tanning beds by children ages 16 and younger. The law also requires 17 year olds to obtain parental consent before using indoor tanning beds. Indoor tanning beds increase the risk of developing skin cancer and expose skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is far more intense than UV radiation from the sun. The melanoma rates for young women ...

An iPhone App for Skin Cancer Screening

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 6th, 2012 | No Comments »
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A new free app developed at the University of Michigan allows users to use their phone’s camera to detect early signs of skin cancer. UMSkinCheck guides users through a series of 23 photos to take of their body parts as a basis for comparison should cancerous moles or lesions appear. The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 2 million new diagnoses of skin cancer in the Unites States this year and 76,250 cases of ...

Make Sun Safety a Priority Early in Life

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 12th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Sun safety is a standard that needs to be developed at an early age in order to reduce the risk for skin cancer. Most parents are diligent with their babies but become much more lax once kids are more active. From birth to age 18 is when the majority of a person’s exposure to ultraviolet rays occurs and serious sunburns drastically increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Unless sun safety habits are developed ...