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

What Is A Skin Biopsy?

Like other physicians, dermatologists rely on medical history and physical exam to diagnose a patient’s skin condition. When a patient’s skin problem isn’t straightforward, an additional work up is required. “Acne, eczema, psoriasis are all pretty common conditions,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “However, in cases where a patient’s rash has an unusual distribution, where Continue reading

Help! My Mole Is Inflamed!

It can be alarming to find a changing mole. Often, dermatologist will warn patients of moles that change shape or color. But patient might notice other changes, such as a mole (nevus) that gets bigger or becomes inflamed. “Changes of any kind can be worrisome and a sign of concern,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified dermatologist and Mohs Continue reading

Halo Nevus | My Mole Has A White Ring Around It

Atypical moles and pigmented lesions on the skin can be a source of worry and anxiety, especially if they are changing. These moles could pose a significant health risk if they are confirmed to be cancerous. When moles start changing in color or appearance they should be evaluated. However, not all changing moles are dangerous. Halo Nevus “Halo Nevi are Continue reading

Fibrous Papule of the Nose

A new growth on the skin, especially in a sun-exposed area, should always be taken seriously. Nowadays, skin cancer is so common with 1 in 5 American developing these malignant tumors in their lifetime. For example, basal cell carcinoma is now the most common type of cancer that develops in humans, and the most common area affected is the nose Continue reading

Are All Moles The Same?

The word “mole” can mean different things to different people. Often this term is used to describe a beauty mark or dark spot on the skin. In these situations, a mole represents a collection of specialized pigmented cells called nevus cells. These cells are arranged in groups, or “nests” just under the skin. “Exactly where and how deep under the skin these Continue reading

What is a Becker Nevus?

What is a Becker Nevus? This type of nevus, or birthmark, appears as a large dark discolored patch on the body. To some, a Becker nevus is considered a late-onset birthmark as it tends appear or become prominent around puberty. The most common location for this birthmark is on the the shoulder or back, but can really appear almost anywhere on the Continue reading

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