A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research shows that the more coffee an adult drinks, the lower the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.
25,480 cases of skin cancers, including BCC, SCC and melanoma, were tracked from the mid '80s through June of 2008. Women and men had a 20% and 9%, respectively, reduced chance of developing BCC if they drank 3 or more cups of coffee a day.
In December, the federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced thant it strongly recommends that boys also receive the human paillomavirus vaccine that girls receive. The Gardasil vaccine protects girls from genital warts, cervical cancer and oral cancers, but also prevents genital warts and anal cancers as well as penile and oral cancers in boys.
The vaccine is approved for patients aged 9 to 26 and is available in my office.
An October article in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology provides molecular evidence that the light emitted by tanning beds cause skin cancer. Cyclobutane thymidine dimers, a DNA mutation, were present in the deep epidermis after a single exposure to UV1 radiation, which is the type emitted by tanning beds.
This also supports the recommendation for truly broad-spectrum sunscreens to prevent skin cancer, since most sunscreens only prevent UVB radiation from damaging DNA.
Once again, Dr. Clark has been nominated by Castle-Connelly as one of the Top Doctors of the New York Metro Area. This is the thirteenth consecutive year physicians and nurses have identified Dr. Clark as one of New York's finest physicians, and she is one of only a very few to have received this honor for ten years or more.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Clark for her achievement!