Posted on: July 31, 2014
Melanoma: The black sheep of the family
By Dr. Ross Levy
Of the three common types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most worrisome. This aggressive cancer is deadly when caught late. Skin cancer in general is on the rise: Fifty years ago, one in 2000 people developed a melanoma. Now it’s one in 35. By gaining a better understanding of melanoma and its causes, you remove some of the scare and can protect yourself.
Posted on: May 20, 2013
Reduce Exposure to Risky Rays
by Ross Levy, MD, Chief, Dermatology, Northern Westchester Hospital
As the days lengthen and the temperature climbs, you can’t help but head outdoors for fun in the sun. Before you grab your beach towel, you should take measures to protect your skin. Too much sun is the primary cause of most skin cancers. Despite what you may have heard, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damages.
Why is sun such a problem? The light contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body’s immune system tracks down these mutations and repairs them, but occasionally the damage is missed and skin cancer takes hold. The more sun you’re exposed to, the greater your risk.