Skin Cancer Awareness is represented by the color black ribbon, and May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer.
Quick Facts: Human Skin
- The skin renews itself every 28 days.
- Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
- Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.
- Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth's atmosphere.
- Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).
- Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute! That's nearly 9 lbs. per year!
- The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
- The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
Latest Dermatology Publications
- Does Smoking Make You Look Older
Research shows smokers more susceptible to non-melanoma skin cancers, wrinkles, skin aging, psoriasis, dental problems and hair loss.
- Candidiasis Fungal Infection Must be Treated Early
Candidiasis, a serious life-threatening fungal infection, needs to be treated early and aggressively.
- Hospital Hand Washing Leads to Rise in Dermatitis
Incidence of dermatitis increased in health care workers following hand hygiene drive to reduce infections such as MRSA.
- Hand Injuries from Human and Animal Teeth Bites
Outlines the potential medical complications of human and animal bites to the hand.
- Allergic Reactions From Cell Phones by Nickel and Chromium Metals
Studies identified mobile phones and related devices as sources of metal sensitization and potential causes of allergic contact dermatitis.
Full List of Dermatology Documents (16 Items)
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