Melanoma Potpourri

There is always something new to learn about melanoma, and skin cancer in general. Through this blog, we’re able to continually reach countless people with these updates and contribute to the public’s education on the subject. We also know that it’s important to occasionally look back and help refresh memories on the basics of this […]

All Skin Cancer Lessons are not Created Equal

When trying to educate adolescents and teens about skin cancer, it’s very important that the information presented is not only correct, but also properly focused. Words that fall on primarily deaf ears are useless; rendering the material ineffective. How do We Know? The Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) was founded by its president Stephen Fine in […]

2018 Projected U.S. Melanoma Incidence

The entertainment and sports industries regularly produce countless publications on prognostications that many fans love, and many bettors rely on. They’re full of predictions on things like “who’ll win at the Oscars this year?” or “which teams will draft which quarterbacks?” They’re popular because the topics are literally fun and games, and there’s no fear […]

Nodular and Radial Melanoma Revisited

Last year we posted a blog that discussed and differentiated between the two primary types of melanoma, Nodular and Radial. In this post we revisit them in order to offer additional information. Also, to include photographs that provide visuals to better illustrate what to look for when performing monthly skin self-exams. Both these types of […]

Toenail and Fingernail Melanoma

Toenail and Fingernail Melanoma, (more commonly known as Subungual Melanoma) is a rare type of the disease that falls within the Acral Lentiginous Melanoma classification. Like Ocular Melanoma, subungual is one of the few melanomas that medical science does not believe to be caused by UV (ultraviolet) ray exposure. Where on the Body is Subungual […]

Desmoplastic Melanoma

Desmoplastic melanoma is an uncommon type of melanoma, “in which the malignant cells are surrounded by fibrous tissue.”* It’s most often diagnosed in pale-toned Caucasian men who are of advancing age, or who are elderly. In New Zealand, (which along with Australia sits atop the list of countries with the highest overall prevalence of skin […]

Spitz Nevus: Mistaken Melanoma in Children

Potentially fatal melanoma is an ugly disease, both literally and figuratively. But it is important to know that it does have several ugly, benign “mimics” that may look similar, yet aren’t harmful. One such mimic is called Spitz nevus, which sounds scary but is nothing more than an uncommon, seldom cancerous mole that develops primarily […]

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Our skin cancer blog posts are nearly always focused on some variant of the potentially lethal melanoma. This post, however, will highlight an affliction much rarer and even deadlier- Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). Each type of skin cancer carries its own method of development and level of risk. One fact that remains consistent between all […]

Important New Information on Spotting Nodular Melanoma

A few decades ago, New York-based dermatologists created a simple, effective mnemonic device to help people remember what to look for when performing their monthly skin cancer self-examinations. How simple? It’s (now) just the first 5 letters of the alphabet: ABCDE. The letters stand for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolving. Advances throughout medical science […]

More Tanning Salons Ignoring State Laws

Washington D.C. joins more than 40 states that have put laws in place to protect minors from the highly dangerous act of indoor tanning. While that is a good thing in theory, laws are useless when they’re not obeyed. A study cited within the linked source article revealed that almost 40% of tanning salons flout […]