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An iPhone App for Skin Cancer Screening

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

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 »

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 ...

Summer Beauty Tips: Think Twice Before Skipping the Sunscreen

Posted by Liona Chan, Communications Associate on May 9th, 2012 | No Comments »

Ladies, today’s post is all about you. Specifically the “Millenials” as my boss likes to refer to us—those born in the 80’s and early 90’s. Summer is quickly approaching and I know that we are all looking forward to that glorious bronzed summer glow. We all know how a great tan can make you look; skinnier, healthier and more attractive overall. We have all been told a million times that tanning causes skin cancer…blah, blah, blah. ...

As Melanoma Rates Increase, So Do Survival Rates

Posted by PCF Admin on April 10th, 2012 | No Comments »

According to an analysis spanning four decades in Minnesota, there is good news and bad news when it comes to skin cancer. From 1970 to 1979 and 2000 to 2009, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma increased but the death risk from melanoma decreased. Although that study may not reflect the entire country, other research from the CDC’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database confirms similar findings nationwide. Over the same time periods as the Minnesota analysis, ...