Don’t Fall for It: You Still Need Sun Protection

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim

As the weather gets cooler and the days grow shorter, it’s easy to think that you don’t need sunscreen anymore. After all, you’re just taking the dog for a walk, running a few errands or going to work. You’re just outside for a few minutes. And you’re wearing a jacket. That should have you covered, right? Nope. No matter how …

Why You Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim

As hindsight is officially 2020, we look forward to forgetting the hardships of the past year and anticipating the excitement of 2021. We are not out of the woods yet, however, when it comes to conquering the devastation caused by the global COVID-19 outbreak.  For many of us, the reality of the COVID outbreak in the Spring of 2020 did …

Early Detection Starts with You

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim

“I just thought it was a pimple, but it didn’t go away.”  This is hands-down the most common description we hear when our patients describe the appearance of their first skin cancer. In your mind, perhaps the thought of skin cancer is an ugly black or brown obvious blob on the skin. In reality, however, the vast majority of skin …

Can Sunscreen Use Cause Cancer?

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim

There has been a lot of media buzz lately about potentially dangerous effects related to the chronic use of sunscreen. While I do believe we have to examine and understand any product that we apply to our bodies, there is a great deal of confusion surrounding this topic. First of all, there are two main categories of sunscreens – chemical …

Ask the Expert: Do I Have to Wear Sunscreen Under My Mask?

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Q: If I’m wearing a mask to avoid spreading COVID-19, do I still need to wear sunscreen on my whole face? This is one of the questions that I’ve received a lot from my patients and my friends. The answer is yes, sunscreen is still so important. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an …

Uniting to Fight Skin Cancer

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Melanoma Warrior Holds Virtual 5K Fundraiser Adam Degi is no stranger to giving back. For the past decade, the professional stand-up comedian has participated in a comedy festival in his native Grand Rapids, MI, raising money for Gilda’s Club, a cancer support organization started in honor of comedian, Gilda Radner. In 2019, when Adam was just 35, cancer became even …

Hispanic Doesn’t Mean Immune to Skin Cancer

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

You may not think that people who identify as Hispanic or Latino/Latina are at risk for sunburns or skin cancer. They are at risk, though, and some are at high risk. By Maritza I. Perez, MD While it’s true that people with very light skin have the highest risk for skin cancer, people of color can develop skin cancer, too. …

Is Your Medication Making Your Eyes Sensitive to the Sun?

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Your eyes are your windows to the world. That’s why, no matter your age or the time of year, it’s vital to protect them from the sun’s rays, especially if you are taking medicine that makes your eyes more vulnerable to sun damage. When you start taking a new medication, you want to talk with your doctor or pharmacist to …

Rossen Rescues Rossen

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sometimes the hero of the story is the one who keeps an eye on your skin and pushes you to see a dermatologist. By Jeff Rossen I was diagnosed with melanoma, and like too many people do, I ignored it longer than I should have. It was 2012 when my wife, Danielle, noticed a tiny brown mark near my belly …

Cycling and Sun Protection

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Fall weather is perfect for bicycling, whether it’s a long-distance challenge or a leisurely family ride in the country. The sun is out, the air is crisp, the humidity tends to be lower — and the need for sun protection is as important as ever. Cycling enthusiast Paul Melia (pictured above), knows a thing or two about sun protection. While …