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5 Common Treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States. It is also very treatable as it hardly ever metastases or spreads beyond the initial site. “The goal of treatment is to cure the patient’s disease before the tumor invades and destroys local structures,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon Continue reading

Caring for Your Previously Sun Damaged Skin

It’s hard to believe it now, but not too long ago sitting out in the sun covered in baby oil was the thing to do. “Having a golden tan was popular and seen as a healthy glow,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. “It wasn’t ’till years later that we recognized damage Continue reading

Five Rare Skin Cancers to Know

While the rates of skin cancer in the United States is on the rise, the vast majority of these cases are limited to the three most common forms of skin cancer – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. However, there are other forms of skin cancer which, while less common, are no less serious. 1) Kaposi Sarcoma This Continue reading

Top 3 Ways to Prevent Basal Cell Carcinoma

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with basal cell carcinoma being the most frequently diagnosed. This is the most curable type of skin cancer when found early, but it’s also to most preventable. Here are 3 ways to prevent basal cell carcinoma. 1. Wear Sunscreen With everything we know about skin cancer prevention, it’s no wonder sunscreen is Continue reading

3 Treatments for Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the major types of skin cancer in the United States. These common skin tumors grow from epithelial cells (also called squamous cells) and while it is a serious cancer, there are many treatment options available for patients with SCC. Cryotherapy Cryotherapy (or cryosurgery) is sometimes used for early stages of squamous cell carcinoma. It is Continue reading

Why Do You Get Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is one of the three most common types of skin cancers found in the United States. It’s twice as likely to occur in men and is often diagnosed in patients over the age of fifty, though in recent years, more and more people are being diagnosed younger. So who gets this cancer and what can you do to 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

Is The Black Streak On My Nail Dangerous?

What is Longitudinal Melanonychia? “Longitudinal Melanonychia is the medical term for a dark, hyperpigmented streak that appears on a nail,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, a board certified Dermatologist and skin cancer specialist at Sanova Dermatology. “Basically, it represents an accumulation of melanin pigment in the cells in the nail beds. As the hard nail plate grows, it picks up this Continue reading

Once I’ve Had a Skin Cancer, Can I Ever Get Another One?

Two common skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Both of these have a variety of treatment options available for patients, as well as a low recurrence rate once they’ve been treated, but once you’ve had one instance of skin cancer, does that mean you’re more at risk for a recurrence? What about another form of skin Continue reading

What Makes A Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin More Aggressive?

Being told you have skin cancer is alarming to say the least, but if you’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), exactly how worried should you be? Of the three most common types of skin cancer, SCC is considered less serious than melanoma, but more serious than basal cell carcinoma, which very rarely spreads,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, a Continue reading

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