Moles and Sun: A Dangerous Combination

Benign moles (or nevi) are so common that pretty much every human being on earth has them. In the language of medicine, “benign” means noncancerous. However, exposure to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays from our sun can create mutations on moles that cause nevi to turn from safely benign, to dangerously malignant (cancerous). UV rays even […]

Indirectly Speaking: The Impact of Secondary UV Exposure

Even among those who make a concerted effort to practice sun-safety, there remains a tendency to forget about the impact that secondary, or indirect, sun exposure has on our skin. If there’s a choice to stand in the sun or in the shade, certainly the latter is preferred. But shade alone isn’t nearly enough to […]

SPF: Fact versus Fiction

Each day, more people learn about the importance of wearing sunscreen whenever they’re outdoors to shield themselves against the sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. While that news is heartening, getting that information out is only half of the battle. If a user misunderstands how a sunscreen’s Sun Protection Factor (SPF) works, or if the product […]

Melanoma Risk Factors

There’s no question that a primary trigger in developing skin cancer (and its most lethal form, melanoma) is unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, there are some factors that can increase our susceptibility. Some of them are within our control, and, unfortunately, some of them are not. Regardless, it’s still vital to […]

MEF’s Focus on Education Over Research

When we began the Melanoma Education Foundation (MEF) in 1999, we briefly considered throwing our support to the research side of skin cancer. However, we ultimately concluded that for us specifically, the best way to make a difference was to focus exclusively on melanoma education. We’ve maintained that focus for over 18 years, and the […]

Can Smartphone Apps Detect Melanoma?

Smartphones Preparing to Take on Skin Cancer For thousands of years, humanity’s progress in the fields of medicine and technology moved along at a glacial pace. That lack of speed is now, quite literally, ancient history. Today’s scientists and physicians are making advancements, improving diagnostic instruments and developing new treatments at seemingly the speed of […]

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Unlike melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) (SQUAY-muss) is a fairly-common type of skin cancer that is not typically fatal. Just like melanoma though, if it’s left undiagnosed, it too can turn lethal. Squamous Cell Carcinoma can originate in any of the body’s numerous squamous cells. You may not be too surprised to […]