The Silent Killer

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  Cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, but increased risk depends on several factors: sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, skin type and family history (genetics).

Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease.

If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually.

The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.


Prevention is key. These guidelines include: avoiding UV tanning beds, wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, performing head-to-toe exams and yearly professional exams, and daily usage of a broad spectrum sunscreen. 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2010, about 68,130 of these were invasive melanomas, with about 38,870 in males and 29,260 in women.

SUNBURN iStock_000008069479XSmall


  • Skin cancer is divided into two groups: melanoma and non-melanoma
  • There are two common types of non-melanoma skin cancer:  basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of tumor that affects the skin
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour
  • Melanoma kills more young women than any other cancer
  • One in four persons who develop skin cancer is under the age of 40

Questions: Email Us Here



Source: Deborah Duffey Kara Vita


Safely Extend Your Summer Tan Through The Winter Months

At Confident Image, we regard Sun Protection as the No. 1 Anti-Aging Tool. We’ll be discussing Kara Vita Products and the recommended steps to lift your spirits through the long winter ahead. The products we are going to share are some of our very favorites!

We have, for many years, highly recommend refraining from sun bathing or use of tanning bed . . . and for good reasons. Ultraviolet Rays cause

  Damage to the Skin – our largest immune organ.

  Destruction of Vitamin A in the Skin

  Skin Cancer Development

 Damage to the Skin’s Elasticity and DNA

Sundressed ® Self-Tanner is a moisturizing tanner that will give long-lasting, natural looking color due to bioactives that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. Always moisturizing (With Shea Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil) and never drying – this product allows a soft, silky glowing radiance.

Step No. 1. Now that Summer has faded into Fall, it’s time to smooth away old dead cells with Glycol-X Products. They will gently resurface and improve wellness in all-over facial skin tone. These products may be used on the neck and décolleté as well. For beautiful results, begin using these products now for 3-4 weeks, implementing them into your daily regimen. Note: Following use of Glycol-X products, one must apply Sunscreen. Now you are ready to go forward to extending your bronzed glow!

Step No. 2 A. Post Glycol-X use, return to your regular Kara Vita Skin Care Regimen (Balancing, Hydrating or Purifying) and include SECRET CODE™ DNArescue ™Lotion. If you’ve decided not to use the Glycol-X Products, exfoliate face and neck using the PBH Exfoliating Masque (A gentle masque that works within :10 to remove dead cells without irritating healthy ones. Use once to twice weekly.

Step No. 2 B. Exfoliate and polish the body using Fresh As A Daisy® Exfoliating Body Wash, followed by the elegant Fresh As A Daisy® Body Lotion or PeEveryday Skin® Penetrating Lotion (Either will moisturize and nourish all through the day. Reapply every 8-hours, if desired).

Step No. 3.  Apply Sundressed® Self-Tanner to face and body using light even strokes and massage in well. Apply lightly to elbows, knees and heels. Remember to include ears and back of ears. Immediately wash hands. Apply a small amount to backs of hands and rub backs of hands together. Clean up nails. Be sure to allow product to dry before getting dressed.

Step No. 4.  Moisturize face and body daily to extend the life of your tan.

Repeat Steps 2 – 3 until the desired tone is reached.

It’s important to remember that the above products ‘do not ‘contain sun protection (except for Face Essential w/SPF15).

Tip: Look younger and make that tan stand out! Whiten teeth and wear your most flattering shades of color cosmetics, clothing and accessories in your Season’s Palette            {Color Analysis}.

To order these fine Kara Vita Products or for additional information, contact us