Fashion and Fiction… Decades of research and hundreds of thousands of skin cancer-related deaths have shown that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Followers of the fashion trends of the past endured bleeding themselves into anemia and poisoning from lead-based cosmetics and arsenic ingestion in order to obtain the palest skin possible; in the 20th century as the tan was redefined to represent health and a life of leisure rather than day labor outdoors, the same devotees began enduring blistering… Read More

  May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and this edition of A.S.K the Derm is dedicated to my dear friend Jean Schlipmann and all the families affected by melanoma.   The Epidemic In the US, 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and about 1 in 60 will get invasive melanomas, the deadliest type of skin cancer.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), on average one American dies from… Read More