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Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck
 Most Cancer Types 
 Boil Down to Bad Luck 

Most Cancer Types Boil Down to Bad Luck

Study: Heredity and lifestyle play a role in only 1 in 3 cancer types

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of cancer types researchers recently studied largely appear to be the result of random mutations and not inherited genes or environmental and lifestyle factors. Reporting in the journal Science , researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated 31 common cancer types and found that 22 of...

UN: Ozone Is Bouncing Back
 UN: Ozone Is 
 Bouncing Back 

UN: Ozone Is Bouncing Back

Layer is showing first signs of recovery

(Newser) - An environment story without warnings of impending doom : The ozone layer that blocks cancer-causing rays from the sun is finally starting to recover thanks to global action, according to the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. While it will probably take until the middle of this century...

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a...

Hugh Jackman Treated for Skin Cancer Again

He's fine, wants fans to use sunscreen

(Newser) - Hugh Jackman was once again treated for skin cancer—and the actor is once again using it as a way to remind fans to wear sunscreen. As he did after his 2013 scare , Jackman posted a picture of himself with a bandaged nose to Instagram . "Another Basel Cell Carsinoma,...

Nail Salon Lamps Linked to Skin Cancer Risk

But it takes many uses to damage skin, study finds

(Newser) - Frequent users of the lamp dryers in nail salons should consider using sunscreen or wearing gloves to minimize the risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers say the machines, which use ultraviolet light to dry nail polishes, emit enough radiation to cause the kind of skin damage...

Hugh Jackman Reveals Skin Cancer Scare

He posts photo of bandaged nose, urges sunscreen

(Newser) - Hugh Jackman has just become a walking PSA for sunscreen. The Wolverine star posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a bandaged nose and this caption, reports E! Online : "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a (basal) cell...

Australia Is Banning Tanning Beds

Country hopes to lower high skin cancer rates

(Newser) - Aussies may not be artificially bronzed for much longer, with the majority of Australian states introducing bans on tanning beds. Australia has some of world's highest rates of skin cancer, which accounts for 80% of all cancers diagnosed in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. A recent study...

Even Sun-Dodging Redheads Face High Cancer Risk

Pigment behind their coloring may be melanoma threat

(Newser) - Staying covered up may not be enough. Redheads face a higher risk of melanoma even if they stay out of the sun, a study suggests. That's because the pigment that causes red hair may itself contribute to the deadliest type of skin cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports. "...

Key to Avoiding Skin Cancer: Shark Lotion?

Sharks tan, but don't get the disease

(Newser) - We're gonna need a bigger bottle of lotion. Researchers think that the key to curbing skin cancer may lie deep under the sea, among the sharks. The giant fish, honored this week by the Discovery Channel, are able to tan, but apparently they are impervious to skin cancer. Scientists...

Skin Cancer Rampant Among Australia&#39;s Trout
Skin Cancer Rampant
Among Australia's Trout

Skin Cancer Rampant Among Australia's Trout

Great Barrier Reef sits under large ozone hole

(Newser) - Look out, Snooki, sun tans are dangerous—even for fish. Scientists in Australia have discovered that 15% of coral trout in the Great Barrier Reef have gotten skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation. The Land Down Under, the LA Times notes, lies under the Earth's biggest hole in the ozone...

Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer
 Aspirin May Help 
 Prevent Skin Cancer 
study says

Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

Research shows dropoff of up to 15%

(Newser) - Aspirin and other similar painkillers may ward off skin cancer, according to new research. About 20 years of skin cancer data in Denmark show that people who had taken NSAIDs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers—were 15% less likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 13% less likely to have malignant melanoma,...

Skin Cancer Soars Among Young Adults
 Skin Cancer 
 Soars Among 
 Young Adults 
study says

Skin Cancer Soars Among Young Adults

Researchers blame tanning beds

(Newser) - Researchers expected a rise in skin cancer among young women—but they didn't expect this: Between 1970 and 2009, melanoma became eight times more common among women 18 to 39 and four times higher among men in that age group, Time reports. "There is currently a melanoma epidemic...

Vitamin A May Fight Skin Cancer: Study

Supplement pills reduced risk, particularly in women

(Newser) - If you're worried about getting skin cancer, maybe some vitamin A supplements are in order; a new study has shown that people taking them were 60% less likely to develop melanoma. The study, which was published today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, followed 59,000 people for six...

Tanning Beds Raise Risk of Deadly Cancer
 Tanning Beds 
 Raise Risk of 
 Deadly Cancer 
20-year study

Tanning Beds Raise Risk of Deadly Cancer

Researchers track more than 75,000 subjects over 20 years

(Newser) - The risk of life-threatening skin cancer increases with the frequency of tanning bed use, a 20-year study finds. Between 1989 and 2009, researchers tracked the tanning practices of more than 73,000 nurses, both while they were in high school and college and from age 25 to 35. They learned...

A Coffee (or 3) a Day Keeps Skin Cancer Away?

Study finds daily drinkers at lower risk

(Newser) - If you simply can’t get through your day without a cup (or three) of coffee, good news: That coffee may also be reducing your skin cancer risk. A new study finds that the more coffee subjects reported drinking, the lower their risk of contracting basal cell carcinoma, the most...

Tanning Beds Now Illegal for California Minors

Skin cancer risks cited in raising the minimum age

(Newser) - No more tanning beds for minors in California, reports the Los Angeles Times . Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed legislation that raises the minimum age for ultraviolet tanning procedures from 14 (with parental permission) to 18, citing the risks posed by skin cancer. "If everyone knew the true dangers of...

Wine: a Sunburn Preventative?
 Wine: a Sunburn Preventative? 

Wine: a Sunburn Preventative?

Flavonoids contained in grapes are beneficial: study

(Newser) - More good news for oenophiles: A new study shows that drinking wine might protect you from sunburn, or at least that's the Telegraph's take. Flavonoids contained in grapes can halt the chemical reaction that causes cell death and skin damage when UV rays hit the skin, Spanish scientists...

In US, Skin Cancer More Common on Left Side

Driving is likely to blame, say researchers

(Newser) - Before you roll your car windows and set out on a summer road cruise, consider this: People in the US are more likely to get skin cancer on their left side, perhaps because of driving, new research shows. While driving, the left arm gets more UV. In cases where skin...

Two Skin Cancer Drugs Hailed as 'Breakthroughs'

Both can significantly increase survival for those with metastatic melanoma

(Newser) - Two new drugs offer new hope to patients with metastatic melanoma, the typically lethal advanced form of skin cancer. The trial of PLX4032, or vemurafenib, was so successful that the study was halted after three months so that all patients could receive the new drug, the Los Angeles Times reports....

Meghan McCain Fires Back at Glenn Beck

His 'hot body' makes it easy for him to judge young women, she writes

(Newser) - After Glenn Beck mocked Meghan McCain's appearance in a PSA for skin cancer by pretending to vomit at the very thought, her mom came to her defense . Now Meghan herself has responded in her Daily Beast column, and it's a beaut: "As a person who is known...

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