Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Eczema vs. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: How Can You Tell The Difference?

Eczema is a common skin condition that affects millions of children and adults. It causes redness, dryness and flaking on the skin, as well as irritation and itching. Eczema ranges from mild to severe, can come and go and be seasonal or constant. Some people have eczema from an early age and outgrow it, others will deal with it throughout Continue reading

Skin Cancer Prevention for People of Color

It’s commonly believed that African-Americans and other darker skinned individuals don’t get skin cancer and shouldn’t worry about protecting themselves from the sun. This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. “While melanin, the pigment that gives skin its deeper color does guard darker skin from the full onslaught of the sun, it does not provide total protection from UV rays,” states Dr. Continue reading

Skin Cancer Risks with Biologic Medications

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United states with a one in five chance of being diagnosed during a persons’ lifetime” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified Dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Known risk factors include UV light exposure and genetic predisposition, however new evidence is shedding light on the increased Continue reading

Reclassified: Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO)

Mohs surgery has long been recognized as the gold standard for treating cancers of the skin. Recently however, the American Board of Dermatology has renamed and reclassified training programs that teach this procedure so it is now referred to as Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO). “Mohs surgery is actually named after Dr. Fred Mohs, the surgeon who invented the Continue reading

A History of Sunscreen

We all know the importance of sunscreen for defense against skin cancer, but how did this miraculous creation come about? “There’s actually some very interesting history here,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin cancer expert at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas, “complete with mountain climbing, skin care gurus, warfare strategies, not to mention a little chemistry.” In the early 1930s, Continue reading

The 6 Best Treatments For Skin Cancer On The Face

Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., affects a growing number of people each year, raising public awareness and concern as we seek better ways to both prevent and treat the disease. In the U.S., over three million people receive a non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosis each year, with rates of malignant melanoma, one of the most serious Continue reading

Skin Cancer Screening: Who Needs it and How Often?

“Skin cancer is very treatable if caught early, but there are some people whose risk of getting the disease is greater than others,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist a Mohs Micrographic Surgeon at Sanova Dermatology. You May Have Inherited Risks if you have red hair and freckles you have more than 50 moles on your body you have Continue reading

You’re Faithful About Using Sunscreen — But Are You Using it Correctly?

Much has been written over the past few decades about the dangers of exposing your skin to the sun’s rays without protecting it with sunscreen. We’re urged over and over again to make sunscreen part of our daily skin care regimen, and with good reason. “The rate of new melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, among adults in the 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

I’ve Had a Skin Cancer. What Are the Chances It Will Happen Again?

Maybe you spent one too many summers in the sun without slathering your skin with sunscreen, or maybe you’re a fair-skinned redhead who spends their free time on the golf course. Whatever the reason, you were diagnosed with a skin cancer, which your doctor removed. Now, you often find yourself wondering to yourself, what is the risk for getting another Continue reading

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