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FDA: Tanning beds must carry skin cancer warning

(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is strengthening its regulation of tanning beds, which have been shown to increase the risk of skin cancer. The FDA, which is reclassifying sun lamp products from low risk to moderate risk, said on Thursday that in future sun lamp manufacturers must…

Swiss surgeons use skin cancer patients’ tissue to rebuild their nostrils

Surgeons in Switzerland on Friday said they had carried out the first-ever operations to repair cancer-ravaged noses using tissue grown from the patient’s own cartilage cells. The technique involves reconstructing the so-called alar wings of the nose — the nostrils — after removal because of skin cancer. At present, surgeons…

Skin cancer on the rise among young adults: U.S. study

Skin cancer is on the rise among young adults, according to a US study published Monday that suggests indoor tanning beds and childhood sunburns may be to blame. Between 1970 and 2009, the rate of melanoma among women increased eightfold and quadrupled among men, according to the research by Mayo…

Half of all cancers are preventable: study

Half of all cancers could be prevented if people just adopted healthier behaviors, US scientists argued on Wednesday. Smoking is blamed for a third of all US cancer cases and being overweight leads to another 20 percent of the deadly burden that costs the United States some $226 billion per…

NYT: damaging effects of skin-lightening cream use on the rise

In most of the coverage about Harry Reid's statement that the country was ready to vote a light-skinned Barack Obama (also because of his lack of "Negro dialect") there has been less discussion about the fact that Reid, while clumsy and too-candid for some people, was correct — and to…

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