Posts for: June, 2013
Two studies show that a single session in an indoor tanning booth increases the risk of melanoma by 20 %, and ech additioal sesion increases this risk by an additionl 2 %; in addition, those who begin artificial tanning before the age of 35 increase their melanoma risk by 90 %.
These studies also showed that a single session in a tanning booth increases the odds of deveoping squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cll carcinoma by 29%.
How lucky do you feel?
A few days ago, Michael Douglas spoke out about the cancer that had been treated in his mouth and the relationship with HPV infection and oral sex. While some physicians took exception to his message, I applaud his courage in speaking out about this important and preventable problem. While oral squamous cell cancer from HPV infection is not common, young people need to know about the relationship between HPV infection and veneral warts, oral cancer, penile cancer, anal cancer, and cervical cancer. Vaccines are available for prevention of HPV infection and the related cancers and are covered by insurance for both men and women ages 9 to 27.
I encourage you to spread the word. I am availale to administer the vaccine in my office to both men and women.
A shocking article in the New York Times on May 25th deserves your attention. The most healthy elements in our fruits and vegetables have been eliminated from much of what we eat, in the name of making them taste sweeter or less bitter. It is not enough to eat the common fruits and vegetables you find in your grocery store. Corn for example, which originally provided 99.5 mg of the phytonutrients anthrocyanins per 100 grtams of dired corn, now provides only 1.54 mg per 100 gram of dried white sweet corn. These nutrients are essential to fight cancer, calm inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, protect the aging brain, and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Please follow this link, and read the entire article and its illustrations.
A study from the Mayo Clinic suggests an increased risk of melanoma in patients who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. The risk was higher tin patients with Crohn's disease than in patients with ulcerative colitis.
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease should be referred to dermatologists for skin cancer surveillance and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when exposed to the sun.
Finally, a four and a half year study of 900 Caucasians aged 25 to 55 in Australia proves that daily sunscreen use prevents aging of the skin. For those of us who see patients every day, this was no surprise, as dermatologists are familiar with the ravages of chronic UV exposure on the quality of the skin. And, we have seen case reports of dramatically different appearances of the facial skin in twins raised with or without chronic sun exposure over their lifetimes. But it will be good to be able to tell our patients now that there is proof that wearing sunscreen every day will not only decrease the risk of skin cancer, but also the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging.
The study was publshed today in The Annals of Internal Medicine http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1691732, and was covered in the New York Times http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/slathering-on-sunscreen-shows-results-researchers-find/.