About Our Journal:
For more than 40 years, The Skin Cancer Foundation has been fighting the world’s most common cancer with medically reviewed content and programs that are trusted by millions. Since 1982, our annual Journal has been sharing advice from top experts as well as personal stories from those who have experienced skin cancer.
Similar to an annual report, the magazine also highlights the Foundation’s programs and events, as well as our members and donors who support our mission to empower people to take a proactive approach to daily sun protection and the early detection and treatment of skin cancer.
Our articles are written in easy-to-understand language for a public audience and are edited with great care for timeliness, fact-checking and medical review. During the past two difficult pandemic years, dermatologists and patients have faced many challenges. Reconnecting with nature has helped more than ever to calm us and provide perspective, well-being and healing. That is why we chose it as the theme of our cover, above, and of the issue.
In Our Special Get Outside Guide:
- The Irresistible Calm of Nature We all know that nature nurtures us. Scientific studies confirm there are benefits when you step onto a forest trail, hear a breeze rustle the leaves, touch the roughness of bark and smell the scent of pine needles and wildflowers. So what’s stopping you? Just don’t forget the sunscreen! By Julie Bain
- Get the Most Out of Your Sun Protection If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may not realize how much UV exposure you’re getting while pursuing your passion. Help boost your sun safety with our experts’ best tips. By Lorraine Glennon
- Our Staff Gets Out! SCF team members share shots of their recent outdoor adventures, from wilderness to urban — plus a few tips about sun protection along the way.
- Walking Toward the Sun in Spain Walking pilgrimages have surged in popularity as people look to reconnect with nature and recover from pandemic weariness. After her mother’s unexpected death, one writer decided to embark on the famous 500-mile trek along the ancient Camino de Santiago. She shares what she learned along the way about shielding her skin — and healing her heart. By Sarah Elizabeth Richards
Other Highlights in This Edition:
- What Does Gut Health Have to Do with Skin Health? Maybe a lot. Exciting new research shows how what is happening in your digestive tract can help (or harm) your health in many ways — even in the field of skin cancer. By Julia Langer
- Scratching the Surface Everybody experiences itch sometimes. Itchy skin is common, and when it becomes chronic, it can be as bad as pain — or even worse. While some aspects are still a mystery, scientists are learning more about the causes and mechanisms of itchy skin, including when it might be a sign of skin cancer. By Stephanie Dolgoff
- Why Have Our “ABCDEs” for the Warning Signs of Melanoma Changed? For years, some of our medical reviewers advocated for the decision to amend the advice under “D” by adding “dark” as an equally — or, arguably, even more — important warning sign as “diameter.” We took this decision very seriously. Interviews with Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, and Stuart M. Goldsmith, MD
- A Lifetime in the Sun Passion for the great outdoors has been a blessing and a curse for Leo J. McCarthy, MD. As a boy, college athlete and field surgeon in the Army, he practically lived outside. That sun damage led to many skin cancers. The renowned pathologist and pioneer in AIDS research shared his story with two of the dermatologists who have treated him and hopes others can learn from his experience. By Elizabeth Sutton, MD, and C. William Hanke, MD, MPH
- Surprising Signs of Sun Damage Your face reflects who you are and where you’ve been, and time spent in the sun may have left its mark in more ways than one. If you don’t like what you see, you can improve the appearance of your skin with some simple steps from our expert dermatologists. Interviews with Tina Alster, MD, and Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD
- When a Child Gets Skin Cancer Pediatric melanomas are rare and usually different than adult cases. Now St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has established a genetics registry to learn more about them. Here’s what parents need to know. By Sarah Elizabeth Richards
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