Blue Lizard Blog — Melanoma

The ABC' s of Skin Cancer

May 01 2017 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

Detecting skin cancer early is the key to successful treatment. “Self-examinations and yearly skin checks with dermatologist are very effective ways to monitor for skin cancer and serve as preventive measures,” says Dr. Bruce Glassman, a dermatologist in Alexandria, Va. You can check your own skin for signs of skin cancer by following the ABCDE rule. Asymmetry — Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.  Border — A mole...

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Sunscreen Myths – Debunked!

Jun 28 2016 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

There are lots of myths and misconceptions concerning sunscreens. To set the record straight, here’s a list of some of the most common misconceptions about sunscreen and why you should not believe them.   If SPF 30 is good, then SPF 70+ is better. Not by very much. A sunscreen with SPF 30 protects against 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays, the ones that contribute to skin cancer. After that, it really does not matter as the difference in sunburn protection between the medium- and high-SPF sunscreens is negligible.  Products with higher SPFs often cost more, but you aren’t paying for...

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Skin cancer in children

May 19 2016 children melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

Kids and teenagers spend a lot of time outdoors – for most of us, half of our exposure to UV rays happens before the age of 20.Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can double your child’s chances of developing melanoma as an adult. But did you know that melanoma affects approximately 300 children in the U.S. each year? According to the Dana-Farber Institute, while melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer in adults, skin cancer in children is almost always melanoma. The biggest increase in melanoma incidences has been reported in girls ages 15-19, possibly because girls are...

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I Found a Suspicious Mole. Now What?

May 11 2016 melanoma skin cancer sunscreen

Getting out of the shower, you notice that a mole on your upper left arm looks like it has grown in size and it is bleeding a little. To be safe, you make an appointment with a dermatologist to get it checked out. The doctor removed the mole and now you’re waiting for the results of the biopsy. You are very anxious and worried, but aren’t sure if  you’re just overreacting. When are moles normal and when should you get one examined by a dermatologist? Moles can come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They usually appear...

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Melanoma Survivor Spreads Awareness to Young People

Mar 03 2016 melanoma skin cancer sun safety

Robyn Cook is no stranger to melanoma. Her father battled the disease when he was in his late 40s and she lost her brother to melanoma in 2015 after he put up a brief but brave 11-month fight. In 2009, Cook herself was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma and was treated successfully. Then in 2012, it came back with a vengeance – Stage 4 with brain metastases. After intense treatments, Cook has now thankfully been NED (No Evidence of Disease) for a little over two years. In addition to the familial link with melanoma, Cook said she had a large...

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Skin Cancer in African Americans: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It

Feb 03 2016 African American darker skin melanoma skin cancer

While skin cancer may not be as common in African Americans as it is in other ethnicities, when melanoma is diagnosed it is usually at a later stage when survival rates are not as high. This is why the risk for melanoma is not something that should be ignored in African Americans. Unfortunately, many patients and even some physicians are under the impression that non-Caucasian people are immune to skin cancer. That is one reason people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at later stages. These delays mean that skin cancers are often advanced and potentially fatal, whereas most...

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New Advances in Melanoma Treatments

Aug 21 2015 melanoma skin cancer sun safety Sunscreen treatments

Melanoma is considered the most deadly form of skin cancer, striking more than 75,000 people each year. It is the fifth most often diagnosed type of cancer in men and the seventh in women. Chemotherapy has been used as the main treatment, but it only shrinks melanoma 10 to 15 percent and hasn’t been shown to significantly improve the overall survival of patients. However, there is good news. Two new treatments have been developed that show positive results in fighting melanoma. One type of drug helps boost the immune system and the other targets a specific gene mutation associated with...

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I Have Dark Skin; Do I Still Need to Wear Sunscreen?

Jun 29 2015 Dark skin Melanoma Skin cancer sun safety Sunscreen

  There's a long-standing myth that dark skin is immune to skin cancer. It’s true that those with fairer skin are 10 times more likely to develop melanoma — the most deadly type of skin cancer according to the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — but that doesn’t mean that those with darker skin are not at risk too.  The truth is skin protection isan issue for this group, especially since darker-skinned people who develop melanoma are more likely to die from the condition, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Lack of protection, combined with late detection, often...

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Learn about the different types of skin cancer and what to look for

May 25 2015 Melanoma Skin cancer sun safety Sunscreen

Not all skin cancers are created equal. Some are more deadly than others. Learn how to detect the signs and symptoms of the different types of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers, with one million people in the U.S. diagnosed each year with some type of the disease.  Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation and grow and multiply without normal controls. Here are the cancer basics: As the cells multiply, they form a mass called a tumor. Tumors are cancerous only if they are malignant. This means that they encroach on and invade neighboring...

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Fighting to Stop Melanoma

May 15 2015 Melanoma Skin cancer sun safety Sunscreen

Five hundred runners will gather on Saturday, May 16 in Fort Worth, Texas, to help raise awareness about melanoma and to remember Tracy Harrison’s fight with this deadly disease. Blue Lizard Sunscreen® is proud to be a sponsor of the Third Annual Tracy’s Race Against Melanoma and will be distributing sunscreen to all participants. The race honors Tracy Harrison, a 40-year-old Texas woman who died from melanoma in 2008, and raises funds for the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness. Lance Harris, Tracy’s brother and the founder of the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness and Tracy’s Race Against Melanoma,...

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