Left side of man's face aged by sun damage

Nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers', side of the body, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Back in 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published an image showcasing what sun damage can really do to a person's skin. The image is shown below.

Credit: New England Journal of Medicine

Credit: New England Journal of Medicine

The unidentified 69-year-old trucker has been driving on the road for nearly 28 years and been exposed to a lot of sun exposure. You can see this clearly from the difference between the two sides, the left side being the side most exposed to the sun while sitting in the driver's seat.

This photo is just another example on why it's imperative to protect your skin, even while driving. As we approach a new year, pledge to wear protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and your UV Wristbands and Stickers.

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Study: Banning Teens From Tanning Could Save Lives

The risks are greater the younger you start and the more often you tan. Indoor tanning before age 35 increases your risk of developing melanoma by nearly 60 percent, according to a 2012 study.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology determined banning minors from using tanning beds could prevent almost ~62,000 cases of melanoma, 6,700 melanoma deaths, and $343 million in treatment costs. A total ban on indoor tanning could prevent nearly 203,000 melanoma cases and 23,000 melanoma deaths, and save $1.1 billion in melanoma treatment costs.

READ: More Tanning Bed Facts

Alcohol May Raise Melanoma Risk

White wine was the most clearly associated

A new study finds white wine is associated with higher rates of melanoma. The study was conducted by Eunyoung Cho, ScD, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Brown University.

Researchers analyzed data of large studies involved roughly 210,252 participants for about 18 years. In the study, they discovered total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day. Each drink per day of white wine was linked with a 13 percent increased of melanoma.

Furthermore, the link between melanoma and alcohol was found on the parts of the body where there was less sun exposure. Participants who drank about a glass and a half of wine were 2 percent more likely to have melanoma on their head, neck, arms and legs, but were 73 percent more likely to have it on their stomach or back.

The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention


Andy Cohen Reveals Melanoma Scare

American talk show and radio host, Any Cohen, revealed on Friday, November 25th, he was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.

While co-hosting on LIVE! With Kelly, Cohen told Ripa, "I had this black dot on my bottom lip [and] you and I were at a a party for Anderson [Cooper]'s mom in April, and you said, 'You have a black dot on your lip. I don't think that's something good."

"Finally I did and it was melanoma," Cohen said. "They removed it—the whole thing—and I just want to thank you."

"I love the sun, I really do, but just be careful," Cohen stated. "And I, of course, never thought that that kind of thing would happen to me, and it will change my relationship to the sun. But you really helped me out there, and thank you for staying on me. I'm just really grateful that you did that."

Don't forget to stay sun safe all year long!


An Important Fall Skincare Tip

Here are Sunburn Alert, we promote wearing sunscreen 365 days a year. It's important to protect your skin year round --- not just during the summer months. You can still get a severe sunburn in the winter, especially while on the ski slopes.

A New Study Finds Sunscreen Can Reverse Signs Of Aging

As an extra bonus, make sure your facial moisturizer contains an SPF. We recommend your daytime moisturizer contains at least an SPF of 30. This will protect your skin even more. Never forget to reapply every 2 hours with the help from our UV Wristbands and Body Stickers.

Skiers & Snowboarders: Keep Applying That Sunscreen

Planning on hitting the slopes this winter? Don't toss the sunscreen just yet. A new survey by the Melanoma Foundation of New England discovered 39% of the adults polled said they always use sunscreen during the summer months, but only 13% said they always used it in the fall and those who said they never used sunscreen in winter rose to 53%.

Just as the sun reflects off water, it does the exact same with snow. Snow reflects up to 80% of UV radiation, which means your UV dose is close to double what it would be otherwise –– causing many such as skiers and snowboarders to receive sunburns. Many think these 'sunburns' are actually windburns, but that's not the case.

Skiers and snowboarders have an increased risk because of the high altitude and reflection from the snow. Deb Girard, executive director of the Melanoma Foundation of New England, spoke to the Boston Globe stating, “The danger of increased skin cancer risk at any time is really about the intensity of the sun and how much UV penetration is coming through the clouds. But in winter you figure in how much reflection comes off the snow, too."

Practice sun safety on the slopes this winter season! You won't regret it.

Self Exam 101

An at-home self skin exam could change your life.

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. We recommend doing a thorough skin exam from head to toe after a shower or bath.   Pay close attention to moles or spots that seem to be changing in size, shape and/or color.

If you do see a spacious (or new) mole or spot, take a photo of it. This will help you track its color, size and shape. Don't forget to show the photo(s) to your dermatologist.

Follow these self-exam steps each month:

Credit: Melanoma Research Foundation

Credit: Melanoma Research Foundation

A New Study Finds Sunscreen Can Reverse Signs Of Aging

We all know sunscreen protects us from sun's harmful rays, but would you be surprised to know it can actually do way more?

A new study by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., reveals sunscreen not only protects your skin, but also helps to erase signs of photoaging that already exist, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

The study involved a group of 32 women (ages 40-55) –– each applying a moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to their entire face every day for a year. Participants saw improvements in sun spots, skin texture and skin clarity.

This is just another reason to wear SPF 30... daily.

Read about the entire study here