Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.
General Medical · Health

Red Hair, Blue Eyes, Fair Skin: Getting a Tan Impossible, Skin Cancer More Likely

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We have long known that sun exposure is especially dangerous for women like me, who have the genetic trifecta of red hair, blue eyes and fair skin from an Irish/Scottish genetic background. Redheads also make up 16 percent of the world’s melanoma patients. In fact, Redheads have a 102 percent higher risk of skin cancer than brunettes.

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Health · Lifestyle

Fighting Off Heat Stroke at ‘The Bates Motel’

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I told Steve, the motel’s front-desk clerk, that I’d be sleeping in the back of my SUV, since the chemical and tobacco stench in Room 209 was intolerable. He offered me a suddenly available room on the third floor. I thanked him and declined.

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