Moles

The ABC’s of Melanoma Detection

Skin cancer can be a serious condition, especially if it is not treated early on. Fortunately, many cancerous melanomas tend to differentiate themselves from harmless moles, and marks that may indicate skin cancer can be relatively easy to spot if you know what to look for. “Many melanomas are asymmetrical, have unusual borders and colors, are larger than moles, and Continue reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Skin Cancer!

Although we are getting into the sunny summer months, it’s important to remember that skin cancer prevention is a year-long job. As the most common form of cancer, it is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer within their lifetime. Fortunately, the two most common forms, squamous cell carcinomas, and basal cell cancer have high cure Continue reading

The Importance Of Tracking Your Moles

Most people have at least a few skin freckles or moles; while others may have dozens or more. Although moles are common and part of our body’s normal anatomy, there are some instances when moles can change and become pre-cancerous or cancerous. Ignoring or overlooking cancerous moles can have serious, even deadly, consequences. Therefore, keeping up with the status of Continue reading

The ABC’s of Skin Cancer Detection

Although it doesn’t always get a lot of attention, skin cancer is actually the most common cancer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, “76,665 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin and 9,324 people died from this cancer”. “This is why it’s essential to perform regular Continue reading

How Quickly Can Skin Cancer Grow?

When doctors talk about skin cancer, they often reiterate the point that it’s important to catch any potential issues early in order to have the best chance of recovery. But exactly how quickly can skin cancer grow? Is it safe to wait a week after noticing something strange on your skin? How long should you wait before deciding that a Continue reading

The Role Of A Dermatology Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician assistants (PAs) are becoming more prevalent in many areas of healthcare. These highly qualified medical providers work with physicians, and they receive education and training in all major specialities, including dermatology. While physicians receive a doctorate degree in medicine, most PAs have a master’s degree in medicine. “PAs who work in dermatology receive a great deal of additional training from the Continue reading

When Should Birthmarks Be Removed?

Birthmarks are a common occurrence. Most commonly, a concentration of extra pigment or blood vessels causes a noticeable mark on a newborn’s skin. “There are many ways these marks can present, including moles, port wine stains and hemangiomas, as well as café-au-lait spots,” shares Emily Johnston, physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. While birthmarks are typically harmless, small, and easy to live with, Continue reading

What are the Treatment Options for Actinic Keratosis?

If you’re over 40 and notice a dry, rough, scaly patch of pink, red or brown skin it could be actinic keratosis. These rough scaly patches are the result of past sun exposure, and can often take years to develop. A percentage of these skin lesions can become cancerous. So They Only Affect Middle-Aged or Older People? “Although they’re most Continue reading

What Are The Best Treatments For Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratosis is a skin condition that is characterized by dark, warty growths that can resemble moles. The growths can cause some concern because they can look like and often be mistaken for skin cancer. “The good news is that Seborrheic Keratosis is not and never will be cancerous,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist and skin cancer Continue reading

It’s Don’t “Fry Day” Friday

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has allocated the month of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. In order to raise awareness of the dangers of overexposure to the UV rays of the sun, the Council has named the Friday prior to Memorial Day, “Don’t Fry Day,” to remind people to protect their skin while outdoors, and to encourage Continue reading

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