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With only 14 days left before we say goodbye to 2014, we thought it only timely to look back at this year's blog posts to find out which story created the most buzz.

Jennifer Lawrence, Vampire Facelift, Tom Cruise, and the most requested celebrity faces in Plastic Surgery made this list. What else was destined to be most popular?

You have probably already heard that using tanning beds can cause many long term health hazards. Experts in dermatology agree that excessive tanning - in tanning beds and in the sun - can be quite dangerous. If you are an avid tanner, you should speak with your dermatologist about how you can stay safe while getting your tan.

An updated manicure may make you feel beautiful and more confident, but the price of that fresh set of nails may be more than you're willing to pay. According to new research, the dryers that nail salons use to speed up drying time and harden the polishes and gels used in the manicure can increase the risk of skin cancer

More than a million Americans go to tanning salons every day to get serviced. Although indoor tanning beds are designed to give you a beautiful golden brown body, studies have proven it can damage considerable and even predispose a person to skin cancer.

Outside of our topical blog postings, LocateADoc.com has a Resource Area featuring articles researched by our medical writing staff under the guidance of LocateADoc.com's Medical Advisory Board. We researched back over 2013 and found the resource articles you made the most popular on LocateADoc.com. No surprise since we are wired visually, our Infographics dominated the list.

If you’re one of the many people who head to the beach with plenty of sunscreen and a beach umbrella, you may still need to take extra steps to ward off harmful UV rays. According to a recent study published in the Photochemistry and Photobiology journals, beach umbrellas block out only about 70 percent of UV rays.

Even though the umbrella intercepts the direct radiation that comes from the sun, diffused radiation is able to reach the skin throughout the day and can still cause extensive skin damage.

Mohs surgery has been proven effective for reducing facial scarring after skin cancer surgery, and is quickly becoming the preferred surgery of choice at several cosmetic surgery and dermatology offices around the United States.

Many plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and dermatologist perform this type of surgery when investigating suspicious moles or tumors to determine if they are cancerous, and the procedure can effectively reduce the risk of extensive scarring.

According to the latest figures published in a study by the Cancer Research UK, the rates of men dying of malignant melanoma have doubled in the last 30 years. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and experts say that it is largely a preventable disease.

Caroline Cerny, manager of the Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart division, states “These figures show that a worryingly high number of men are dying unnecessarily from malignant melanoma because of the rapidly rising numbers diagnosed with the disease. Preventing the disease developing in the first place will help stop this trend and save lives. To curb this huge rise in deaths from malignant melanoma, it’s more important than ever that people are aware of the dangers of too much sun.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)

A new study carried out by the Institute of Cancer Research and published in the Cancer Research journal shows that a genetic mutation found in some forms of malignant melanoma can initiate the development of the deadliest form of skin cancer. The KRAS gene is mutated in approximately two per cent of malignant melanomas, and is the study is the first of its kind to show that damage to this gene can be the first in a process of events that trigger malignant melanoma.

Professor Richard Marais, lead author of the study reports, “We know that the main cause of skin cancer is damage driven by the UV rays in sunlight, and we are now building up a picture of the key genes involved in this disease. We have already discovered that mutations in another gene, BRAF, could drive up to half of melanomas, and now we’ve established that damage to the KRAS gene can also be the first step in malignant melanoma development.”

Tanning beds offer the convenience of year-round tanning over your lunch hour, but do pose several health risks. Researchers and dermatologists in the United States report that indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, regardless of the person’s age, gender, and even the type of tanning device that is used. This means that a person’s risk of getting skin cancer is the same when they use high-powered tanning beds, stand-up booths and other tanning systems.

The study was published in the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, one of the journals of the American Association for Cancer Research. Associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Research Program at the University’s Masonic Cancer Center, and principal investigator of the study, Dr. DeAnn Lazovich, states that “there was no safe tanning device” in the study. She found that the risk of getting melanoma was linked with how much time a person spent getting a tan, regardless of the device. Before this study, indoor tanning had been “weakly linked” with the risk of getting melanoma.