Millions of dollars are spent each year by folks looking to reverse the aging process. From expensive creams to plastic surgery, people will try almost anything to appear younger.A recent study shows that one of the most effective, safe, and cost-effective ways to slow aging is to wear sunscreen — not just at the beach or by the pool, but every single day.
According to CBSNews.com, this study "examined 903 people 55 and younger, to see whether daily sunscreen would stall their aging more than people who used the products at their discretion." The findings were published June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers calculated the daily sunscreen group showed 24 percent less skin aging than those in the discretionary group by study's end. Most of those in the daily sunscreen group ended up using it at least three to four times per week. Sunscreen's anti-aging properties were observed in all participants who used it daily, regardless of age, meaning adults up to 55 were also protected.
: "This study effectively shows that daily sunscreen can reduce the signs of photoaging and photodamage," said Dr. Brundha Balaraman, a dermatology researcher from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The research is led by Dr. Adele Green, a professor at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research at the University of Queensland in Australia, and a collaborator with University of Arizona researchers in the Pan-Pacific Skin Cancer Consortium
In addition, The University of Arizona Cancer Center's Skin Cancer Institute
is among those looking into all the various benefits of regular sunscreen application. On Saturday, June 8, the SCI is hosting the Eighth Annual "Living in Harmony with the Sun"
event from 4-8 p.m. at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Like them on Facebook
to receive $4 off admission.• Daily sunscreen slows skin aging, even in middle age: Study (CBSNews.com, June 3, 2013)• Arizona Cancer Center to form Pan-Pacific Skin Cancer Consortium
(Aug. 31, 2010)• "Living in Harmony with the Sun"
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
-- perfect timing, especially considering how much additional sunshine most communities start to see as spring rolls into summer.
Each May, we look to do what we can to help educate folks about this disease. It's the most common form of cancer in the United States, and many skin cancer cases can be prevented through regular screenings and sun-safe habits (such as wearing wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts and sunscreen on exposed areas).
Today, the UA Skin Cancer Institute
is kicking off "Trivia Tuesday,"
where they will post a trivia question to their Facebook page to test your knowledge on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety. You will have until Friday to answer, and the first person to answer correctly will win a prize.
Today's question has two parts: 1) What is the most common type of skin cancer? 2) What is the estimated number of new cases, of that type of cancer, diagnosed annually in the US?
Think you know the answer? Head over to the SCI Facebook page
and leave a comment!UPDATE
: Watch this Lifelines video about how skin cancer affects minorities (h/t NCI Multicultural Media)
A regular aspirin dose has been shown to combat a number of illnesses for many individuals.
Can we now add melanoma to that list?
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine
have discovered that women who took aspirin on a regular basis reduced their risk of developing this skin cancer, and those who took aspirin longer had even lower risk. The findings were first published in the March 11 edition of Cancer
“There’s a lot of excitement about this because aspirin has already been shown to have protective effects on cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer in women,” said Jean Tang, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of dermatology and senior author of the study. “This is one more piece of the prevention puzzle.”
From the study
: "The Stanford study focused on the data of roughly 60,000 Caucasian women who were selected because less skin pigment is a risk factor for melanoma. The Stanford researchers found that those who took aspirin decreased their risk of developing melanoma by an average of 21 percent. Moreover, the protective effect increased over time: There was an 11 percent risk reduction at one year, a 22 percent risk reduction between one and four years, and as much as a 30 percent risk reduction at five years and beyond."
It's still premature to say that aspirin can prevent melanoma. It it not yet known exactly how much aspirin is the ideal dose, and the researchers are still trying to determine potential side effects. However, these initial results are encouraging and worth keeping an eye on.• Study finds aspirin reduces risk of melanoma in women
(Stanford School of Medicine
The Tucson Festival of Books
is happening this weekend (March 9-10), and it promises to be one of the best local events of the year. More than 100,000 passionate readers are expected to attend the two-day event at the UA Mall, with guests such as R.L. Stine, John Sayles, David Wood, Jodi Picoult, and Ted Danson (yes, Sam Malone himself!) headlining the festival.
Even though the weather report calls for occasional rain showers, the bright Tucson sun is expected to make many appearances throughout the TFOB, as well. The UA Cancer Center's Skin Cancer Institute has you covered.The SCI
will have four free sunscreen stations
set up throughout the UA Mall for any attendee who might need a little extra protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays — the No. 1 cause of skin cancer.
“With more than 100,000 people attending the event it’s important for us to help our community and visitors be sun safe,” said Robin Harris, PhD, deputy director of the Skin Cancer Institute.
There will also be free sunscreen and skin cancer information available at the University of Arizona Cancer Center Booth No. 515 in Science City.
Other helpful tips to remember while attending the TFOB:
• Dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Darker colors and tighter weaves work best.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck.
• Protect your eyes with sunglasses that have large frames and 99-100 percent UVA/UVB protection.• Tucson Festival of Books attendees: Be careful of the sun
(Arizona Daily Star
, March 4, 2013)
Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Actinic Keratosis (a pre-cancerous skin lesion)? The University of Arizona Cancer Center is asking for volunteers to participate in a study aimed at helping researchers better understand the biology and treatment of skin cancer.
Study participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to answer questions about their personal characteristics, past medical history and risk factors. Compensation for time and travel will be provided to qualified study participants.
From the UACC's official release:
The Skin Cancer Institute and the Skin Cancer Prevention Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center are creating a sample repository or "bank" to be used for future research to better understand the biology and treatment of skin cancer.
This research will be based on the personal health information of the study participants, their medical and treatment history for skin cancer or pre-cancerous skin lesions, and the collection of their tissue and blood samples, which will be stored and then used for laboratory tests.
We are seeking study participants, ages 18 to 80, who have a history of actinic keratoses or "pre-cancers."
Image courtesy UCSF
We already knew that people who frequently visited indoor tanning beds saw a dramatic increase in their risk of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Now, it appears as if non-melanoma skin cancers — the most common forms of skin cancer — are impacted by prolonged exposure to tanning beds.According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California - San Francisco, "
the researchers estimate that indoor tanning is responsible for more than 170,000 new cases annually of non-melanoma skin cancers in the United States — and many more worldwide."It's even worse for those who begin using tanning beds at early ages."
Young people who patronize tanning salons before age 25 have a significantly higher risk of developing basal cell carcinomas compared to those who never use the popular tanning booths," according to the report.Nearly 20,000 indoor tanning businesses are in operation, despite all of this evidence. Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH,
an assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF and senior author of the study, said that Australia and Europe have banned the use of tanning beds for children and teenagers, while Brazil has banned them outright. There is a major cancer prevention opportunity here, and we at the University of Arizona Cancer Center fully support these efforts.We will have plenty of information about the risks of indoor tanning beds, as well as many other skin-safety tips,
at the 2012 Melanoma Walk
, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2-6 p.m. at The University of Arizona Cancer Center - North Campus (3838 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson).• Tanning Beds Linked to Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
(UCSF.edu, Oct. 2, 2012)• 2012 Melanoma Walk at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (fightmelanomatoday.org)• Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis
(BMJ, Aug. 28, 2012)
Chances are that regardless of where you live, it's way too hot outside right now.According to The Associated Press, more than 1,000 temperature records have been shattered across the country, including a jaw-dropping 251 new daily high temperatures on Tuesday. And it's only June! July and August probably aren't going to give us a break.So what should we do? Well, for starters, if at all possible, stay indoors during the hot daytime hours. But if you must spend a significant portion of your day outside, make sure you keep your skin covered and wear sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on any exposed areas.
At the University of Arizona Cancer Center, our Skin Cancer Institute
aims to spread the message of sun safety to the Southern Arizona community through a variety of initiatives.