Skin Cancer

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. There are three main types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Of these, melanoma is the most dangerous.

Yes, you definitely do. While the cold winter months may not immediately bring to mind warmth and sunshine, ultraviolet (UV) rays still pose a risk and you need to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors, just like in the summer.

Because melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths in America — and the number continues to rise every year — you should understand what puts you at risk for the disease, how to lower your risk, and how to spot melanoma in its early stages, when it’s easier to treat.
Cuts, abrasions and even tiny cracks in the skin around our fingernails can create open doors for nasty germs. That risk is higher if you are in treatment.

In the age of digital information it can be hard to find trustworthy sources. For any given topic there's a countless number of blogs, articles or videos clamoring for your attention with flashy headlines.

Many things can cause an itch: dry skin, poison ivy and bug bites, to name a few. Typically skin cancer isn’t the first cause that comes to mind when you itch, but if the irritation persists, it might be something you want a dermatologist to look at.

Remember the days of tanning? Only a few decades ago people looked forward to slathering their bodies with oily lotions that helped turn skin darker and brought out a “healthy” glow.

The summer sun can be one of our best friends, providing us with warmth, beautiful weather, and even happiness. However, overexposure to the sun’s rays can also be harmful to our bodies. Here are five things to consider helping you better understand SPF, choose the best sunscreen, and protect your skin.

I’m not a tanning guy, but my day-to-day job is all outside. Leading up to my diagnosis, I never wore sunscreen.
Mohs surgery is the gold standard for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Bax explains the benefits of Mohs surgery, and what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

Three days after Emily’s 19th birthday, she received the devastating news that she had stage 3 malignant melanoma, one of the most serious forms of skin cancer. She was given less than a 59 percent chance of surviving the next five years. In a state of shock, she felt her only options were fight or flight – to face her diagnosis head-on or to live in fear – and she chose to fight.

Wearable technology has seen massive growth in the tech industry in recent years. From Apple Watch and Fitbit on your wrist to Google Glass on your head, wearables are everywhere. As technology advances, can wearable devices along with smartphone apps help aid in skin cancer prevention and detection?