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skin cancer

Allergies
August 8, 2019

Can immunotherapy help to treat allergies?

Treatment like immunotherapy may work when others don’t. Some cancers like skin cancer don’t respond well to radiation or chemotherapy but may start to improve after immunotherapy.
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Skin
June 17, 2019

Why homemade sunscreen is a no-go

It may sound like a quick and cheap fix, but homemade sunscreen could harm your skin.
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General knowledge
May 2, 2019

What is albinism?

Thando Hopa is a South African model, lawyer, poet - and she has albinism. But she doesn’t let the condition define her. Instead, she lives a normal healthy life.Her condition is caused by an absence of melanin in the body. Melanin is a pigment that gives hair, skin and eyes their colour. Without melanin,  skin and hair are white and vision is impaired...
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Skin
October 22, 2018

Is it safe to use a tanning bed?

That golden, tanned skin is quite covetable, yes. But is it worth the harm to your skin, even if you get it via a sunbed? A tan is your body’s attempt to protect itself from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays - and with good reason. Sunbeds are tanning machines that release ultraviolet (UV) rays close to your skin. The nearness means that the UV rays can stimulate the production of melanin in your skin, which is what enables your skin to tan. Risky skin business Sunbeds emit bigger doses of ultraviolet rays (UV) rays than the sun does…
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Cancer & lymphoma
July 12, 2017

Common cancers, and how to prevent them

The word “cancer” can strike immediate fear into anyone’s heart. This disease, responsible for millions of deaths is frightening and deserves its big bad reputation. A new report by the Macmillan Cancer Support Organization in the UK reveals that it’s now more common for a person to be diagnosed with cancer than to get married, have a first child or earn a university degree. Sounds dire, but the purpose of the study by the charity Life with Cancer, was to demystify and diminish the fear around cancer. Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Being told you have…
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Skin
November 9, 2015

Summertime: Safe fun in the sun

Say it with us, guys – it’s summertime! The icy mornings and grey skies are leaving us and now it’s time for fun in the sun! The beach – what a fantastic place! While you’re cooling off in the sea and relaxing on the sand, remember to protect your skin and keep that bottle of sunscreen close by. The skinny on skin cancer Did you know that South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world? All the more reason to keep yourself safe. There’re 3 common types of skin cancer that you need to know…
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Cancer & lymphoma
October 26, 2014

Are you checking yourself for skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa with about 20 000 reported cases every year and 700 deaths. South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia. But skin cancer is preventable! Here's how to know your skin so that early signs can be detected before they spread. You can prevent skin cancer by minimizing your exposure to harmful UV rays which cause sun damage and trigger events which lead to skin cancer. It’s also extremely treatable - if caught early. To detect early skin cancers, you need to know your…
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Skin
January 15, 2014

Non-melanoma skin cancers

January is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and even though there’s plenty of information available about melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) and sun protection, we don’t hear much about non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide, and NMSC accounts for around 97% of all skin cancers!! (more…)
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Skin
January 4, 2014

Skin cancer – here’s what you need to know

We live on a sun-drenched continent - we're are the lucky ones! But time spent outdoors increases your risk of developing skin cancer, especially if you don't protect yourself from the sun. The good news is, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer simply by being sun savvy and aware of the condition. What is skin cancer? Like all cancers, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the body. Skin cancer cells are usually formed when skin is exposed excessively to the sun or bright sources of light, like tanning beds. The 3 main types of skin…
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