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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

Top Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

  According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. “Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and is primarily caused by exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon in Austin, Texas. May is Continue reading

What is BRAF, and Why is it Important in Melanoma and its Treatment?

If you have a spot on your skin that is new and looks unusual, you should have it evaluated by consulting a dermatologist. And even if you don’t think you have any worrisome spots on your body, it can be difficult to be sure. “We often recommend individuals at risk for skin cancer get a skin screening by a qualified health care professional,” Continue reading

Skin Cancer Rates Continue to Climb in the US

Skin cancer rates are increasing and yet life continues on for the majority of Americans not yet affected. According to the Center for Disease Control, from 2002 to 2011, rates of melanoma in white and Hispanic men and women have increased significantly per year. One person will die from melanoma every hour and in the past 3 decades, there have been more Continue reading

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