For most of us holiday traditions include family parties, great food, lighting all sorts of candles and piles of brightly wrapped gifts. In our home we have added a new holiday radition– an annual skin cancer check. As a heath and beauty writer I wrote about skin cancer, but myself went decades between skin check-ups. Then a random physical office visit uncovered skin cancer in my husband and a precancerous spot on my leg. If you’ve ever waited for a biopsy, you will want to do anything to avoid a repeat episode. We vowed to have an annual skin check but the months kept rolling by.
I relaized that a needed a date that would always trigger a reminder– and the winter holiday season seemed perfect. Like who can ignore this … Continue Reading… →
This week Barbara Hannah Grufferman of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. Positive Living Expert of AARP Barbara has a delight in living and learning that is absolutely infectious. As the decades roll by, its all too common to fall into a cynical disappointed mode and rant about what’s wrong with our lives. Not Barbara Hannah Gufferman, and her gorgeous redesigned blog is the perfect antidote to mid-life malaise. Read it every day for stimulating new articles on health, beauty, and social issues that deserve our attention.
Fashion Flash Supports “The Skin Cancer Take a Hike”
Question: I’ve seen ads for sun protection pills. Do they really work? I just got a job offer in Tuscon, but after two skin cancer surgeries, I’m worried about so much sun exposure.
Answer: It does sound like the plot point of an episode on Twilight Zone, but sun protection supplements like Heliocare are genuinely helpful. They are made from the extract of a fern found in South and Central America– another good reason to protect the rain forest.
For centuries, native tribes used to apply these ferns to inflammed and blistered skin. In fact they were a popular folk remedy for skin condition suchs as eczema and psoriasis. Today over 70 peer reviewed studies have demonstrated that extracts made from these ferns can protect the skin in four ways:
Question: I have little thin red lines on the left side of my face. I know that you have said it can be a broken blood vessel called spider veins, but since I’ve spent so much time in the sun, I wonder if it could be skin cancer.
Answer: Little red lines are the face are usually small broken or swollen blood vessels. They can be causes by high blood pressure, excess alcohol consumption or too much sun. A blow to the face from a fall or even too aggressive massage can also trigger their appearance. But if you are concerned about skin cancer, I would definately have it evaluated by a dermatologist. In fact, according to New York City dermatologist and skin cancer expert Dr Ellen Marmur, we all should have a complete “skin check” every year. After a summer in the sun, early … Continue Reading… →