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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 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

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

Hitting Home Runs in the Treatment of Melanoma

Are you curious about the newest melanoma treatment using checkpoint inhibitors you’ve heard about? What are checkpoint inhibitors and how are these used to treat melanoma? Let’s take a look at how this latest therapy works. The Players T-cells checkpoint inhibitors ipilimumab nivolumab pembrolizumab The Game “T-cells (T lymphocytes) are cancer-fighting cells,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin cancer 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

Nevus Spilus: What You Should Know

If you have a tan patch on your skin with several smaller spots inside of it, you may have a birthmark known as Nevus Spilus. This speckled multicolored skin lesion is relatively common, and occur from infancy into adulthood. If you are diagnosed with it, you should know and understand what to do next. “Multicolored moles is one of the signs Continue reading

3 Common Skin Cancer Risks, And How to Spot Them

The word cancer is concerning, to say the least. “With skin cancer being so common and the rates continuing to climb, I try to relay the risks to all my patients so they can protect themselves from this potentially serious disease,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and Mohs skin cancer surgeon in Austin, Texas. There are three common skin cancer Continue reading

Top 2 Strategies for Catching Melanoma Early

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer and catching it early is the best option when it comes to diagnosis and treatment options. “I encourage patients to look at their skin regularly,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “Checking your spots is not difficult, and there’s a few basic strategies patients Continue reading

Skin Cancer: This New Year, Make Sure You Get Checked

Winter is often a time we long for warmer days and a bit of extra sunshine. But over time, enjoying those long, hot summer days can take a serious toll on your skin. “Skin cancer can be a direct result of overexposure to sunlight,” claims Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist and skin cancer specialist in Austin, Texas. As well, the Continue reading

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