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5 Warning Signs of Melanoma

There’s never a bad time of the year to check your skin for melanoma, but as the weather heats up and we head outside to soak up some vitamin D, it’s vital. Plus, you can do it yourself in just five or 10 minutes. All you need to do is …

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'I Got Skin Cancer at Age 18'

Back in 2005, I was just starting my freshman year at Western Carolina University when my mom noticed that a dark brown mole about the size of a pencil eraser had appeared on the back of my left calf. She’s a nurse, so she scheduled an appointment a couple weeks later …

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What You Must Know About the Chemicals in Your Sunscreen

You probably don’t need to be told (again) how important wearing sunscreen is for reducing your risk of skin cancer, not to mention sunburns and signs of premature aging (think wrinkles). But go ahead and Google “best sunscreens” or even “sunscreen,” and plenty of articles pop up suggesting that the …

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Dermatologist Doris Day, MD, a professor at NYU Medical School, answers a Health magazine reader’s question about sun protection. Q: I’ve noticed a lot of sunscreens touting sky-high SPFs like 70 and 80. Do they work better than lower numbers? A: They do work slightly better—if used properly. Let me …

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YouTube: Tanning Beds Touted as Healthy

By Anne HardingTired of hearing that tanning is bad for you? Click on over to YouTube. According to a study published Monday in Archives of Dermatology, videos touting the benefits of roasting one’s skin in a tanning bed outnumber those warning of ultraviolet dangers by nearly 3 to 1 on …

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Gear Guide: Women's Sun

By Su Reid-St. JohnA few years ago, Health magazine’s art department named a color after me: “As tan as Su will ever get.” This color was a very pale, pinky beige. I burn like a marshmallow over a campfire, so I never leave the house without slathering my exposed skin …

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Study: Frequent Tanning

Istockphoto By Lynne Peeples THURSDAY, MAY 27 (Health.com) — People who regularly use tanning beds may double or even triple their risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a new study. The study found that people who have ever tanned indoors have about a 75% …

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Despite Controversy, Sunscreen Is Safe Doctors Say

Istockphoto By Anne Harding TUESDAY, June 22, 2010 (Health.com) —  It’s that time of year again. As the weather heats up, people across the country are dusting off their barbecues, breaking out the swimsuits—and working themselves into a frenzy over the latest sunscreen-related health concerns. Each year since 2007, a …

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Study: Spray Tans, Tanning Bed Use Often Go Hand

Getty Images By Denise Mann MONDAY, September 20 (Health.com) — Eden Lewis prefers to be “a bronzed goddess instead of a pasty Snow White,” so she gets a spray tan before a vacation or an important social event. The 18-year-old college freshman in Boston likes the convenience and instant results …

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