The dangers of sun exposure and melanoma

Jun 25, 2016
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A day on the lake, an afternoon of yard work, watching a baseball game; these are all events that can put us in direct sunlight. But with a 200 percent increase in melanoma diagnoses since the 1970s, we may need to take more precaution when it comes to the sun.

Fortunately, there have been improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the past few decades.This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lynn Schuchter explains the rise in melanoma and gives us the latest on treatment and prevention. Schuchter is the medicine division chief of hematology-oncology at Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  She also leads the melanoma program at the university, and is a professor of hematology-oncology.

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With warm weather finally here again, experts say it’s important to find the best way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Emmy Graber discusses what kind of sunscreen to buy and the benefits of using it. Graber is an assistant professor of dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.

Spring A Dialogue

Apr 24, 2015

In this archived broadcast from April 19, 1991, John Weeks follows a dialogued format where he talks about how much he loves the spring and how he is not that interested in winter because he is old and looses track of things. He talks about his childhood and an illness in the spring that his mother was going through. He talks about what he used to do during the spring when he was younger and why it is his favorite time of year.

South Carolina Sunrise

Sep 11, 2014

John Weeks describes the sounds of nature and the animals that come out of the woods as the sun rises. He comments on how the activity level of nature changes as the sun comes out.

John Weeks talks about the approaching fall season and the summer sunlight cycle. He discusses the relationship between the sun and plants and how that changes as we go through the different seasons.

A Spring Dialogue

Apr 17, 2012

John Weeks talk about his obsession of spring and how his childhood affected him today and his love and experiences for nature.


Originally aired, April 19th , 1991.

Spring Time Birds

Mar 6, 2012

John Weeks talks about a range of birds from robins to bluebirds and how they're appearance and singing gives us hint that spring is just around the corner.

Originally aired March 7th, 1986.