June 16, 1996 |
Ah, summertime! Picnics . . . beaches . . . the sun toasting your skin. Alas, those glorious sunbeams are potential killers. For years, doctors have warned that ultraviolet rays cause more cancers than nicotine, pesticides, automotive fumes or any other carcinogen. About 850,000 new cases of skin cancer - about 9,000 of them fatal - are expected this year in the United States alone. Advances in molecular science are revealing how those invisible waves of solar energy - no more than 10-billionths of an inch from crest to crest - create such havoc.
May 1, 1995 |
The Great American Smoke-Out encourages cigarette smokers to kick the habit - at least for one day each year in November. Now dermatologists are hoping that Melanoma Monday will encourage Americans to develop a lifelong habit of checking their bodies periodically for the signs of skin cancer, especially the virulent form called melanoma. The American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May - that's today - as Melanoma Monday. But the personal skin-check should occur periodically throughout the year.
April 24, 1988 |
With the summer months creeping up and the sun shining longer each day, the scene is set for the dermatologists' nightmare: skin cancer. Memorial Hospital of Burlington County is meeting the danger head-on. From 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, free skin cancer screenings will be available to the public and will be conducted by staff dermatologist David High. Skin cancer is on the rise and, according to hospital officials, getting tan may have greater consequences than one thinks. Part of the danger with skin cancer is that the effects do not surface until years after the original damage is done, High said.
September 25, 1991 |
Gov. Casey, dogged by health problems since taking office in 1987, had a minor skin cancer removed from his chest two weeks ago and will undergo an additional precautionary procedure tomorrow, his office said yesterday. Casey's doctor said that the basal cell cancer, which was less than a quarter-inch long and was the same type of cancer removed from President Reagan's nose in 1985, posed no further health risk to the governor. "These really are a dime a dozen," said Donald Lookingbill, chief of dermatology at Hershey Medical Center, "And they're not a threat to the patient.
June 14, 1996 |
Genes responsible for the most common type of cancer in humans have been found, and the discovery could lead to development of a treatment other than surgery or radiation, two international teams of scientists reported. When the gene is damaged by ultraviolet radiation from the sun, it can produce a relatively harmless kind of skin tumor, known as basal cell carcinoma, that afflicts about 750,000 people in the United States each year. Pale-skinned, middle-aged and older people of Northern European ancestry are the most susceptible to these growths, which do not spread to other parts of the body and, if caught in time, are easily removed.
July 14, 1987 |
American health officials are launching a nationwide public-education campaign this summer to combat what they say are alarming and unexpectedly rapid increases in the incidence of skin cancer. Health experts are particularly concerned about the skyrocketing rate of malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, which has increased 83 percent since 1980. While nobody knows for sure why the rate has soared in recent years, many think that changing American lifestyles that expose more people to the sun are a major factor.
June 21, 1999 |
We can blame the French for popularizing the consumption of snails, harboring convicted Philadelphia murderer Ira Einhorn - and increasing the incidence of skin cancer. It was Coco Chanel, the famous French fashion designer, who is credited with popularizing the suntan after being spotted in Cannes in the 1920s, deeply bronzed after a yachting trip from Paris. Before that, it was perfectly acceptable, even preferable, to walk around with a pale complexion. "Until Coco Chanel made the suntan popular, it was considered a sign that you were a working-class laborer who toiled outside in the fields.
May 8, 2012 |
Edward Williamson was no sun worshipper. In fact, most of his life he diligently avoided it. "I never saw my father with his shirt off," recalls his daughter Tara Coates. "He didn't enjoy being out in the sun and on the beach. " Adds his son Greg: "He worked indoors all life; his skin was the color of milk. " The one thing that drew him outdoors was golf, a favorite pastime. He wore a hat and covered his arms. The only part of his body that was exposed was the small area of his neck where his golf shirt parted to form a V. And it was there in 2005, when Williamson was 59, that his wife, Adell, noticed a suspicious-looking flat brown patch.
April 12, 1994 |
A vaccine tested on patients with advanced melanoma has been found to be 70 percent effective in preventing the recurrence of their deadly skin cancer, Philadelphia scientists reported yesterday. The vaccine was made from the patients' own tumors and is the first to show such a high level of success in halting the spread of the disease, the scientists said. "The same approach could be used to develop vaccines against breast, colon and other forms of cancer," said David Berd, a professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, who announced the findings at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in San Francisco.
May 25, 1989 |
Findings by a team of 10 scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and two other institutions could provide clues to the causes of melanoma and eventually lead to diagnostic tests and treatments for this deadly form of skin cancer. In an article in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the scientists from Penn, the National Cancer Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that they had located the gene that causes a deadly form of melanoma on a human chromosome.