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I’ve Had a Skin Cancer. What Are the Chances It Will Happen Again?

Maybe you spent one too many summers in the sun without slathering your skin with sunscreen, or maybe you’re a fair-skinned redhead who spends their free time on the golf course. Whatever the reason, you were diagnosed with a skin cancer, which your doctor removed. Now, you often find yourself wondering to yourself, what is the risk for getting another Continue reading

5 Common Treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States. It is also very treatable as it hardly ever metastases or spreads beyond the initial site. “The goal of treatment is to cure the patient’s disease before the tumor invades and destroys local structures,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon Continue reading

Caring for Your Previously Sun Damaged Skin

It’s hard to believe it now, but not too long ago sitting out in the sun covered in baby oil was the thing to do. “Having a golden tan was popular and seen as a healthy glow,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. “It wasn’t ’till years later that we recognized damage Continue reading

Five Rare Skin Cancers to Know

While the rates of skin cancer in the United States is on the rise, the vast majority of these cases are limited to the three most common forms of skin cancer – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. However, there are other forms of skin cancer which, while less common, are no less serious. 1) Kaposi Sarcoma This Continue reading

Why Do You Get Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is one of the three most common types of skin cancers found in the United States. It’s twice as likely to occur in men and is often diagnosed in patients over the age of fifty, though in recent years, more and more people are being diagnosed younger. So who gets this cancer and what can you do to Continue reading

What are the Different Types of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It has many risk factors including UV radiation from sun exposure and devices like tanning beds, but is usually one of the easiest cancer types to treat, with many treatments boosting cure rates of over 90 percent. “The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal Continue reading

Once I’ve Had a Skin Cancer, Can I Ever Get Another One?

Two common skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Both of these have a variety of treatment options available for patients, as well as a low recurrence rate once they’ve been treated, but once you’ve had one instance of skin cancer, does that mean you’re more at risk for a recurrence? What about another form of skin Continue reading

How Does Mohs Surgery Compare To Radiation For Skin Cancer Treatment?

There are many ways to treat skin cancer, each with its benefits and risks. “It’s important that patients be informed of their options,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “It is important that patients be aware of all their options and alternative treatments, to ensure they are receiving the optimal treatment for condition.” Is Continue reading

How and Why Does the Sun Damage Skin Cells?

If you spend much time outdoors, you’ve probably heard that the sun can damage skin cells. “Sun damage has almost become a catchphrase,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “We apply it to skin care, anti-aging, cosmetics, even skin cancer risk.” The truth is, sun damage is a real change that can be measured Continue reading

Mohs Surgery – Withstanding the Test of Time

What is it Mohs Surgery? Mohs surgery has been around since the 1930s. Even with all of the incredible advancements we have experienced in the decades since then, Mohs is still considered the most effective treatment for both squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. The success rate for this procedure is about 99%. That’s not too shabby. It also has Continue reading

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