Harmful "forever" chemicals are widespread in the environment, and new research hints they pose a particular health risk to women.
A new study suggests women who are exposed to higher levels of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, or PFAS, are more likely to have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Exposure is also linked to liver damage, fertility issues, high blood pressure and o...
It's already known that the “healthy glow” of a tan actually represents damage to skin cells.
But a new study of people on vacation has found that sunbathing also can disrupt the skin's microbiome, altering the populations of bacteria that live on the skin in ways that could be harmful to health.
The microbiome recovers within a month, but during that time a person will be more ...
Golfing may be a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasures of a classic summer pastime. But a new study warns that walking the greens for hours on end without adequate sun protection may notably increase the risk for skin cancer.
Researchers in Australia found that more than one-quarter of golfers in that country have been diagnosed with skin cancer at some point, making Auss...
Health screenings and preventive care appointments are a key to maintaining long-term health and well-being. By proactively engaging in these practices, women can identify potential health risks early on and take necessary steps.
This guide will outline the key women's health screenings and care appointments to help you prioritize your health and stay on top of your well-being.
A tweak in timing may make an immune-system therapy much more effective for patients undergoing surgery for advanced melanoma, a new clinical trial has found.
Researchers showed that giving the therapy — a drug called Keytruda (pembrolizumab) — both before and after surgery slashed the risk of a melanoma recurrence over the next two years. That was in comparison to the standard approa...
Getting a gel manicure may be less safe than many think.
Researchers say the nail polish dryers that use ultraviolet (UV) light to cure the gel polish emit possibly dangerous rays. These rays might lead to cell death and cancer-causing mutations in human cells, they noted.
U.S. veterans are at higher risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than most Americans, and new research finds they are also more likely to have advanced-stage disease when it's detected.
At the time of diagnosis, "we found veterans with melanoma were more like...
Newer sunscreens that can match your skin tone may encourage more people to use sunscreen, an expert says.
"The lighter a person's skin, the higher their risk for skin cancer," said Dr. Henry Lim, former chair of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "While people with darker skin have a lower risk for s...
Women are two times more likely than men to die after receiving a combination of cancer immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, but it's not clear if that difference is due to side effects or because the treatment isn't working, researchers say.
This new class of highly targeted drugs -- which includes pembrolizumab (Keytruda), nivolumab (Opdivo) or ipilimumab (Yervoy) -- has re...
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Most people know that sun-sourced vitamin D is good for their bones. So could avoiding the sun to reduce skin cancer risk weaken your bones?
A new study brings a reassuring answer: "Sun-protective" behavior -- wearing long sleeves, seeking shade or using sunscreen -- "was not associated with decreased bone mineral density or increased risk of osteoporotic fracture," the researchers conclu...
People who were exposed to a particular hormonal medication in the womb may have a heightened risk of cancer later in life, a new study suggests.
Researchers found the increased cancer risk among adults whose mothers had been given injections of a synthetic progesterone known as 17-OHPC, or 17P, during pregnancy. The study participants were born in the 1960s, when the drug was used to hel...
When Hispanic people get a skin cancer diagnosis, their tumors are about 17% larger than those of white people, researchers say.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin cancer is often diagnosed at a more advanced stage in people with black and brown skin, leading to worse results. This makes it especially important to know the signs of skin cancer.
If you're at the beach or pool, applying sunscreen before and after you've been in the water is a must, a cancer specialist says.
The intensity of exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays "is higher under water than it is above water," said Dr. Arun Mavanur. He is a surgical oncologist at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute at LifeBridge Health, in Baltimore.
Regular skin checks to look for signs of melanoma could save your life.
Self-exams for the deadliest type of skin cancer should be done at least once a month in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror and also with a hand mirror for hard-to-see areas, said Dr. Arun Mavanur, a surgical oncologist.
You also need to get checked by a doctor if you have risk factors for melanoma...
When a suspicious skin lesion sends you scurrying to a dermatologist, asking for a full-body skin check could save your life.
Dermatologists are twice as likely to find skin cancer with a full-body check, a new study reveals. More than half of the skin cancers discovered were not in the location the patient was concerned about.
"If the dermatologist did not check their entire body,...
An experimental gel has shown early promise in treating the most common form of skin cancer -- hinting at a potential alternative to surgery in the future.
Researchers tested the gel in 30 patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a skin cancer diagnosed in more than 3 million Americans each year. The tumors rarely spread and are highly curable, usually through surgical removal.
Sun protection is essential as you enjoy the outdoors this summer, a skin expert stresses.
"Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans so it's important that we do what we can to protect ourselves," Dr. Ida Orengo, a professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said in a school news release.