skin cancer

There is this unsubstantiated, but widely believed, notion that vitamins and supplements are a panacea. In fact, a multi-billion dollar industry serves to support and perpetuate this often faulty, overly auspicious claim.

Here, I will tackle the true level of importance of the “sunshine” Vitamin D in staving off disease, preserving healthy bones and the actual hazards of deficiency and toxicity.

Why? Because, according to Britain’s leading testing laboratory, excessive exogenous ingestion to overdose levels of Vitamin D supplements purchased online reveal some people are taking 2,250 times the recommended dosages. Such endeavors...

You may have noticed a number of headlines referencing the “Tree Man” from Bangladesh with claims he is “cured” after 16 operations for his rare genetic disorder that transformed his hands and feet into bark-like warts and cutaneous horns.  

Also called Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV), this debilitating, heritable condition is often referred to as “Tree Man Illness” or “Tree Man Syndrome.” Though it manifests throughout the body via innumerable abnormal growths on the skin, it is considered to be caused by a genetic impairment that triggers a defect in a person’s cell-mediated immunity.  

More than 200 cases have been reported since it was first described in 1922 by two dermatologists, hence, its other name “Lewandowsky Lutz Dysplasia.” (1) Most present in childhood...

The famous singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, as per his manager Robert B. Kory’s statement, “died during his sleep following a fall in the middle of the night on November 7th.  The death was sudden, unexpected, and peaceful.” 

Ironically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released their estimates of preventable deaths from the five leading causes.  With preventable cancer, stroke and heart disease deaths down, it is unintentional injuries that surged 23% —mainly due to drug poisoning and falls.  

Entertainment Weekly reported “According to recent interviews with the New Yorker, Cohen battled cancer and came to...

Welcome to the conclusion of this two part series on the newest hot topics in melanoma research.  

In Tanorexia? The Latest Skinny on Melanoma, we debunked myths about who is at risk and addressed means of prevention along with rare, devastating forms.

I enlisted the help of three leading melanoma researchers from The Wistar Institute —our nation’s first independent biomedical research facility where I am a member of the leadership council.  Today, we focus on immunotherapy and the new frontier in the field of melanoma research and treatments.

Let’s continue the conversation with ...

Topical Sunless Tanner

With daylight a little less plentiful each day in the Northern Hemisphere until the Winter Solstice arrives, some sun worshippers are scrambling to maintain their precious, but fading, tans.

Traveling to sun-splashed islands continues to be a one (costly and time-tested) option. Meanwhile, sliding onto a tanning bed -- relatively cheap and very affordable by comparison -- remains another (dangerous and foolish) one. Use of these glowing menaces is flat-out unsafe (see our story: Stay Out of That Tanning Bed) so we urge you to stay away from them.

However, there's another artificial option, which while seeming contrived is actually considered safe -- provided that the consumer uses the product...

Did you know Bob Marley died of melanoma?  Or, that Jimmy Carter was recently ‘cured’ of metastatic melanoma?  Many misperceptions abound with respect to skin cancer —specifically melanoma, so we will address them here in this two part series.  

To debunk myths about who is at risk, discuss hot topics in the field and learn what treatments loom on the horizon, I enlisted the help of three leading melanoma researchers from The Wistar Institute —our nation’s first independent biomedical research facility where I am a member of the leadership council.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with melanoma being the most lethal form.  The Centers...

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is "an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine" whose role is to evaluate evidence related to clinical preventive services such as screenings. These recommendations are supposed to inform both primary care physicians and the public. The members of the panels are drawn from a variety of...

Oh, the ole sun debate: Get too much and you risk getting skin cancer; get too little and you may lack vitamin D.  The struggle is real. So, how to find the balance?


Those brownish black spots on fully ripe bananas may unlock a faster diagnosis of skin cancer in humans, boosting survival chances.

When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase; the same enzyme present in human skin, and in much larger quantities in those who have developed skin cancer.

shutterstock_262380071Of the three most common types of skin cancer basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma the last is the most deadly. Melanoma can and does metastasize to other organs, including the brain (as we recently learned in the case of former president Jimmy Carter). Although preventing or stopping it is an important and active area of current research, no sure-fire way to prevent or cure melanoma has yet been found.

It has long been suspected that exposure to UV light, e.g. sunlight,...