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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 ...

Researcher Q&A with Pak Kin Wong, PhD

Posted by Sarah Abou, Programs Associate on August 16th, 2011 | No Comments »
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This month the Foundation is proud to highlight the work of Pak Kin Wong, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Wong received a two-year grant from the Foundation in the spring of 2008. His research focused on identifying compounds that could inhibit and prevent cancer tumor formation. We asked Dr. Wong about his work and the importance of funding cancer prevention and early detection research. 1.  What led you to the field of ...

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, ...