Melanoma

4 Facts to Keep You Applying Sunscreen This Fall & Winter

Sunscreen is an everyday staple, it’s not just for the summer months. As you feel the crisp, cool air hitting your face as fall moves in you may feel tempted to toss out your sunscreen. Don’t do it! Even in the dreary cloud filled days ahead of us, your skin is still at risk for UV exposure. Keep reading for Continue reading

5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is caused by an abnormal growth of skin cells linked to sun exposure, ultraviolet light and yes, tanning beds. Exposure to these elements is cumulative, so the risk for skin cancer increases as we age. It has been reported that in the past thirty years, the number of skin cancer cases exceeds the total number of all other cancers combined. Continue reading

What You Need To Know About How Melanoma Skin Cancers Grow

While it is not the most common type of skin cancer, melanoma can prove to be one of the most dangerous forms. Over 87,000 people will likely receive a melanoma diagnosis in 2017, and nearly 10,000 will die from the disease. “Malignant melanoma develops in melanocyte cells, which form melanin, a dark pigment in the skin,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, Continue reading

Skin Cancer Prevention for People of Color

It’s commonly believed that African-Americans and other darker skinned individuals don’t get skin cancer and shouldn’t worry about protecting themselves from the sun. This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. “While melanin, the pigment that gives skin its deeper color does guard darker skin from the full onslaught of the sun, it does not provide total protection from UV rays,” states Dr. Continue reading

Skin Cancer Risks with Biologic Medications

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United states with a one in five chance of being diagnosed during a persons’ lifetime” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified Dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Known risk factors include UV light exposure and genetic predisposition, however new evidence is shedding light on the increased Continue reading

Reclassified: Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO)

Mohs surgery has long been recognized as the gold standard for treating cancers of the skin. Recently however, the American Board of Dermatology has renamed and reclassified training programs that teach this procedure so it is now referred to as Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO). “Mohs surgery is actually named after Dr. Fred Mohs, the surgeon who invented the Continue reading

A History of Sunscreen

We all know the importance of sunscreen for defense against skin cancer, but how did this miraculous creation come about? “There’s actually some very interesting history here,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin cancer expert at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas, “complete with mountain climbing, skin care gurus, warfare strategies, not to mention a little chemistry.” In the early 1930s, Continue reading

The 6 Best Treatments For Skin Cancer On The Face

Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., affects a growing number of people each year, raising public awareness and concern as we seek better ways to both prevent and treat the disease. In the U.S., over three million people receive a non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosis each year, with rates of malignant melanoma, one of the most serious Continue reading

Skin Cancer Screening: Who Needs it and How Often?

“Skin cancer is very treatable if caught early, but there are some people whose risk of getting the disease is greater than others,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist a Mohs Micrographic Surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. You May Have Inherited Risks if you have red hair and freckles you have more than 50 moles on your body you have Continue reading

You’re Faithful About Using Sunscreen — But Are You Using it Correctly?

Much has been written over the past few decades about the dangers of exposing your skin to the sun’s rays without protecting it with sunscreen. We’re urged over and over again to make sunscreen part of our daily skin care regimen, and with good reason. “The rate of new melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, among adults in the Continue reading

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