Which sunscreen is best?

This month, my dermatology colleagues at Northwestern University published an article in JAMA Dermatology (JAMA Dermatol. Published online July 06, 2016. doi:.10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2344) in which they looked at the most popular sunscreens purchased on Amazon.  They found that 40% did not meet the minimal standards set by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Prices varied 3000% ($0.68 an…

Indoor Tanning

This month’s JAMA Dermatology (JAMA Dermatol. 2016; 152(3):268-275) features an article which tries to explain why the incidence of melanoma is increasing faster in women under 50 years of age compared to men under 50.  The authors conclude that this difference is most likely due to the higher rates of indoor tanning by younger women.   They…

Melanoma Rates Have Doubled

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that melanoma rates have doubled while the rates for other cancers have decreased. The Facts More than 90 percent of melanomas are due to ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure and indoor tanning. Melanomas account for 9,000 deaths each year. The bad news Melanoma rates doubled in…