I’ve found several different news stories pertaining to skin cancer/skin health that were interesting:
- I’ve found many articles that repeat the fact that the occurrence of skin cancer in children has risen 2% per year from 1973 to 2009. That is scary! This article says that the biggest increase was seen among teens age 15 to 19, especially girls. This is explained by the regularity of teenage girls laying out in the sun and using indoor tanning beds. The same article shares the Skin Cancer Foundation’s tips for keeping your kids safe from the sun. Really great information.
- Harvard researchers have done a study that finds that redheads are more at risk for melanoma. Experts suggest that people with red hair be extra vigilant with applying sunscreen and get a skin cancer check up twice a year, as opposed to the normally recommended once yearly check.
- In Iowa, dermatologists offered a free skin cancer screening at their capitol building for the staff there. This sounds like a great idea. I know many big corporations in town do various health screenings for high blood pressure, etc., so adding on the skin cancer screening seems like a logical addition. Do you know of any place in Indy that offers free skin cancer screenings? Please share!