Layering Is the Key!

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

When the air turns cool, you may not feel the heat of the sun’s rays. But they still have the power to damage your skin, so follow our autumn guidelines to protect yourself! Fall weather is here, and in many part of the country, that means lower temperatures and less humidity. Experts agree that one of the best things you …

A Hole in My Head

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

The little spot on my forehead didn’t look like much, but it didn’t feel right to me. Turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer than I’d had before. My favorite childhood memories are of summer days at a crystal-clear lake in northern Minnesota. My best friend Barbie and I would play in and …

Look Who’s Talking About Early Detection!

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Celebrities and influencers join the skin cancer conversation Three simple words – NEW, CHANGING, UNUSUAL – are the heart of The Big See, a skin cancer education initiative that’s exciting and provides clear, easy guidance on the three things to look for on your skin and what to do next. While skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer, it’s …

Skin Cancer Research Sparks Results: Spotlight on Our 2020 Grants

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Our three 2020 grants recipients are working on research projects that have the potential to lead to lifesaving breakthroughs. For almost 40 years, The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded research grants to encourage innovation in prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. Some of those grants kick-started careers for physicians and scientists who became “rock stars” in their fields. …

Nine Tips for Taking Your Medication Safely: What Skin Cancer Patients Need to Know

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

Whether you have a new, unfamiliar prescription or you’re unsure how to juggle taking several medications, here are some recommendations to be sure you’re making the safest choices. While some skin cancers can be cured with a single surgery when caught early, many others are treated with drugs taken orally, infused intravenously or applied topically. A skin cancer diagnosis can …

Parents: How Do You Stack Up on Sun Protection?

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim The Skin Cancer Foundation

A national poll shows that parents are doing a good job keeping their kids sun safe — but there’s always room for improvement! Whenever kids venture outdoors, there are plenty of things to worry about: bug bites, scraped knees and allergies all top the list. Then, of course, there’s sun safety. Parents should practice effective sun protection with their children, …

My Spot Looks So Good since the Biopsy – Why Do I Need More Surgery?

Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim Dr. Sherrif Ibrahim

Many patients who have had a biopsy for skin cancer ask if it is still necessary to undergo a second procedure for definitive treatment.  “It’s healed up,” or “There doesn’t look like there’s anything left” are common thoughts we hear from our patients. It is important to note that a skin biopsy is a diagnostic, not therapeutic procedure. In other …

The Good Things About Having Cancer

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In this article, one of Dr. Ibrahim’s patients reports her experience with having a lifelong syndrome that leads to the development of numerous skin cancers from an early age. Basal cell nevus syndrome or “Gorlin syndrome” is a genetic condition that predisposes patients to a high number of basal cell cancers. Sun protection and skin surveillance are of the utmost importance …