Teen Survives Deadly Melanoma

Last winter, 18-year-old Megan Gibbons noticed a strange spot on her cheek. “It looked like a blackhead, but over time it just grew bigger,” she says. Six months later, that blackhead had grown to the size of a pea. She had the mole surgically removed, but a thick red scar from cheekbone to jawline remained. … Read More

Cancer Found and Removed — While You Wait

Imagine a scenario where you walk into a doctor’s office in the morning with skin cancer. During the next few hours you undergo a procedure that removes and examines every bit of the carcinoma, testing until it’s sure you are completely cancer-free. And you can drive home that afternoon. It happens every day. The procedure … Read More

Tanning Bed Dangers

Many people prepare for the summer sun by hitting a tanning bed, so they can hit the beach with a little color. But Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist in the Cleveland Clinic Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute, says there’s more than one reason to avoid tanning beds altogether. She says tanning beds may: Increase your … Read More

Be Skin Smart in the Sun

Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma — the deadliest skin cancer — is on the rise among 15-to-29-year-olds. The main culprit for the increase in young people is indoor tanning. The good news is that most skin cancers are highly treatable when detected early, say Cleveland … Read More

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Melanoma Monday: What You Should Know

It’s Melanoma Monday, a day designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about skin cancer. Summertime is around the corner, and that means more time in the sun for activities like swimming, biking and having fun at the beach or playground. It’s also important to take time to protect yourself from the … Read More