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Health Series Chapter 1: the evolution of skin cancer

When it comes to skin cancer, greater awareness has been the key to growing prevention efforts across the decades. From the time when pale was considered a sign of the elite to the tanning boom of the 60s, we look at how attitudes, information and incidences of skin cancer have evolved throughout the years and where that puts us — you included — today. In the first of this new health series, we look at the evolution of skin cancer through the ages.

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Skin care tips

How to treat oily combination skin?

Caring for combination skin is a challenge. With more than one skin type to consider, it takes more consideration than just slathering one product all over. It can be even trickier when your combination veers towards the oily skin side. Below we go over some basic tips about how to care for oily-combination skin to make your daily skin care routine as easy and effective as possible.

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Skin care tips

Combination or oily skin: what’s the difference?

When trying to determine skin type, there is one distinction that trips a lot of people up: combination skin vs. oily skin. While these two skin types share many similarities, they also have a tell-tale difference. Below we define both skin types so you can determine yours and find a skincare routine that works for you.

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Skin spots

White spots on the skin from tanning: what do they mean?

After tanning, many people may notice some white spots forming on their skin. While most of the time these white spots are not dangerous, it’s important to understand why and how they appear. Read in this post the common causes of white spots on the skin from tanning.

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Skin lesions on the face
Melanoma

Skin lesions on the face: most common types

Skin lesions are a broad term referring to any abnormality on your skin. The Medical Dictionary defines a skin lesion as a superficial growth or patch of the skin that does not resemble the area surrounding it. A skin lesion can be a rash, mole, wart, cyst, blister, bump, discoloration or any other change that you may notice on your skin. It may be a result of something as simple as a scrape or cut or as serious as a pre-cancerous mole or mark.

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Supplements for healthy skin
Skin care tips

Supplements for healthy skin

These days there are supplements claiming to do everything from strengthening your nails to lowering your cholesterol. The supplements industry is large and largely unregulated. That’s why it’s important to understand what supplements are actually good for your health and which ones are just trying to sell you false hope. Another reason why you’ll want to take note is that supplements can actually be harmful and damaging to healthy skin if taken incorrectly. So before you jump at the next wonder vitamin or mineral to try, do your research and consult your doctor.

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Melanoma Stages
Melanoma

Melanoma Stages: stage 1 to 4 overview

Melanoma treatment options vary based on many factors, including how far the cancer has spread, its location, severity and the health of the patient. View a clear overview of melanoma stages 1 to 4.

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Skincare routine for men
Skin care tips

Skincare routine for men

Skincare and men are two words that people generally don’t associate with each other. But there is nothing “girly” about skincare — all genders have skin that needs taking care of. And the truth is, taking care of your skin doesn’t have to come with a million steps and products attached. Below, we go over a simple and low-maintenance skincare routine that will leave your skin looking fresh and prevent it from aging prematurely.

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What to eat for healthy skin
Skin care tips

What to eat for healthy skin

It has been said that we are what we eat and when it comes to our skin, this certainly seems true. Any teenager will be able to tell you that they get more spots when they eat more junk food or those with food allergies might be able to tell they have eaten a trigger food by the rash on their face. So what to eat for healthy skin which? Skin that is is smooth, supple, spot-free and clear of infections and damage?

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Skin cancer

How to detect skin cancer moles

What makes a mole suspicious rather than normal? You may wonder so while discovering a new skin spot. To answer this question, you need to understand what’s normal for your skin. In this post, we go over some early signs that could indicate skin cancer moles.

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Daily skin care routine for combination skin
Skin care tips

Daily skin care routine for combination skin

Combination skin presents many skincare challenges to deal with. Oily in some places, dry in others, it can be difficult to know how to treat the whole. But with a few combination skincare tips in mind, it is possible to create a daily skincare routine that meets all of the different needs of combination skin in a few simple steps.

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ABCDE Melanoma
Melanoma

ABCDE Melanoma self check

The ABCDE melanoma check method will give you good insights to check your moles. When it comes to knowing your skin, understanding what a normal mole or skin spot is from cancer can be a tricky task. That’s why it’s important to equip yourself with the basic tools and knowledge for detecting skin cancer.

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White spots on the skin
Skin spots

What are white spots on the skin?

White spots on the skin can occur for a variety of reasons, but they appear mostly as a result of a loss of skin pigmentation. So how does this work? Read here everything you need to know about the possible causes of white spots on the skin.

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Melanoma treatment Australia
Melanoma

Melanoma treatment Australia: what are your options?

Melanoma treatment Australia? According to Melanoma Institute Australia, Australia, and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world with Queensland incidence rates at 71 cases per 100,000 people (for the years 2009-2013). This greatly exceeds rates in all other jurisdictions, nationally and internationally.

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Skin care tips

How to get clear skin in one day: is it possible?

We all know how it goes. You wake up, and there is an unsightly pimple square in the middle of your face. You have a big meeting or event coming up and no time to deal with. So, what do you do to get clear skin? Is it possible to get rid of it in only one day?

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Different skin types
Skin care tips

Different skin types: the complete overview

When it comes to taking care of your skin, identifying your skin type is the first step. Before buying cleansers, moisturizers or foundations, you should understand how your skin behaves and why. Here are five general skin type categories that most skin products are designed for. Do you recognize yours? Find out what it means for your daily skincare routine.

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Skin care tips

How to get clear skin fast: three trusted home remedies

Some days our skin simply won’t cooperate and we have no time to deal with it. All we want when this happens is a quick solution that can get us on our way and doesn’t require an extra trip to the store. For those days, it’s time to turn to a home remedy. You know, those solutions that are passed down from generation to generation and can usually be made with a few ingredients from your pantry.

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Oily Skin Type
Skin care tips

Oily Skin Type: how to treat and what are the symptoms

For oily skin types, skincare can often feel like a constant battle of blotting sheets and face powder — anything to mask the shine. But your skin isn’t the enemy and taking care of it doesn’t always have to be a fight. With a few basic skincare tips, you can care for your shiny pores in a way that works with your skin’s natural, not against it.

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Melanoma

Melanoma treatment in the UK

According to Cancer Research UK, there were 14,509 new cases of malignant melanoma in 2013 in the United Kingdom. These rates have been increasing since the 1970s and UK malignant melanoma incidence rates are estimated to be the ninth highest in males in Europe and seventh highest in females. With the ever-increasing risk of melanoma and the advancements in research and technology, it’s important to understand what the treatment options are.

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First symptoms of melanoma
Melanoma

First symptoms of melanoma: the three symptom types to watch out for

Melanoma begins in the melanocyte cells (the cells that produce pigment) in our skin. It often starts as a mole, and, if left unchecked, can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. While it is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it is highly treatable if detected at early stages when it’s most treatable. For this reason, knowing the warning signs is important. Read on for the three most common early symptoms of melanoma.

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Skin care routine for oily skin
Skin care tips

Skin care routine for oily skin: what to do and what to avoid

Between large pores and unwanted pimples, there’s no doubt that oily skin can be difficult to control. And as oil production is tied to natural hormonal changes in the body, the amount of oil produced is primarily out of our hands. While we cannot stop the production of oil, there are some tweaks to our daily skin care routine for oily skin that can make it easier to manage. Read on for some tips on how to make your oily skin feel clearer and more in balance.

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Fruits for healthy skin
Skin care tips

Fruits for healthy skin

So we all know by now that fruits and veggies are good for us. But can eating more healthy foods really give us glowing skin? Dr. Neetu Nirdosh, a leading celebrity dermatologist thinks so. In an interview with Daily Mail, he claimed that “Only 20 per cent of the way you age is down to genetic factors. The other 80 per cent is governed by lifestyle factors such as smoking and sun damage.” And while other dermatologists may debate that percentage, doctors and laymen alike are beginning to realize the powerful link between diet and our skin.

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Skin care tips

How to determine your skin type in four easy steps

With an overwhelming amount of information available, figuring out how to care for our skin can be complicated. But before we start thinking about products, routines and how to care for our skin, we need to understand our skin type. There are five general categories that help us define our skin type and get to know it better. Of course, our skin is complicated and will not always fit exactly into a single category.

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facial skin care routine
Skin care tips

Facial skin care routine — going over the basics

Finding a good daily facial routine can be tricky. With so much advice out there, it’s hard to know what’s really essential and what is just overkill. While a 15-step regimen is definitely not for everyone, there are a few basic skincare tips you should know to form the basis of a healthy facial skincare routine. Find out what you need for your daily routine below.

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Skin moles treatment
Moles

Skin moles treatment: what are your options for mole removal?

While usually moles are harmless and don’t require treatment, sometimes a mole may need to be removed if it poses a risk for skin cancer or for aesthetic reasons. In this post, we look at a few options for skin moles treatment, once your dermatologist has identified a dangerous mole or you have identified a mole you’d like to remove.

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Simple skincare routine
Skin care tips

Simple skincare routine

Finding a skincare routine suitable for you shouldn’t be complicated. On busy days when you just want to hop out the door, you don’t have enough time to think about the best way to care for your skin. Ideally, your skincare routine is simple and automatic. Here are three easy steps to take care of your skin and make sure it stays healthy.

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