Flat Out: Rejecting Breast Reconstruction

In the recently published memoir “Flat: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer,” Catherine Guthrie tells the story of grievous medical mistakes that she managed to record without sugarcoating their consequences or flailing against the injustice of it all.

As “Flat” explains, all of the doctors Ms. Guthrie met assumed that she would want breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. “Most women want to look normal in clothes,” the doctor informed her.

Raising Awareness of BRCA Mutations

You don’t have to be Jewish to inherit one of the BRCA gene mutations. But these mutations, which increase the risk of adult-onset breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers, disproportionately injure Jewish people.

One in 400 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation; one in 40 in the Jewish (mostly Ashkenazi) population. Some of those affected are working to encourage more genetic testing to help prevent these cancers.

Even with More U.S. Dermatologists, Rural Patients May Lack Access

The number of dermatologists per capita in the U.S. has surged more than 20 percent since the mid-90s, but a new study suggests access to care may have improved more in cities than in rural areas.

Nationwide between 1995 and 2013, the number of dermatologists rose 21 percent, from 3.02 for every 100,000 people in the population to 3.65 for every 100,000 residents, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology. Over that time, however, the chasm between urban and rural America widened.

How to Future-Proof Your Face According to Celebrity Dermatologists

When it comes to treating the signs of aging, many women used to take a wait-and-see approach. As in, wait until they see a wrinkle or age spot, then do something about it. Not anymore.

According to dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD (whose Beverly Hills office is frequented by Kim Kardashian, as well as Margot Robbie and Brie Larson), his twenty- to thirtysomething patients have learned from their mothers and become the what-if generation.

As in, “I may not have forehead lines now, but what if I get them when I’m 40?” Here’s how they’re taking steps to slow aging skin.

When Should You Really Start an Anti-Aging Regimen?

Aside from avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays, it can be incredibly confusing to figure out not only which products (like serums, moisturizers, and eye cream) we should use to prevent the signs of aging but also when to start incorporating them into our routines.

A number of dermatologists say it’s never too early to start an anti-aging regimen, but most agree that starting in your late 20s to mid-30s is a good time.

51 Things Dermatologists Need You to Know About Skin Cancer

We like to pretend otherwise, but skin cancer is the most common cancer there is, period. Learn from dermatologists how to avoid trouble.

Breast cancer gets a lot of press and lung cancer may be the deadliest but when it comes to the sheer number of cases, but nothing comes close to skin cancer. One in five Americans will get some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Frequent Skin Cancer May Be a Huge Warning Sign

People who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at significantly increased risk for the development of other cancers, including blood, breast, colon, and prostate cancers, according to a new, preliminary study.

Mutations in a panel of proteins responsible for repairing DNA damage likely cause the increased susceptibility, researchers say.