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Melanoma takes many forms

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Melanoma does not always present itself as a textbook example. The patient above had a pink, inconspicuous growth on her chest that looked like a bug bite. My patient below had a tiny tan and brown growth above his lip that looked like a ruptured hair follicle. After I did biopsies on both of these […]

Can you die from skin cancer?

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Melanoma accounts for the majority of deaths from skin cancer.  It becomes deadly when it spreads (metastasizes), so early detection is critical.  According to the National Cancer Institute, melanoma death rates have recently decreased due to new and improved treatments. Melanoma can develop from an existing mole or nearby, but it can also abruptly appear.  […]

Family History of Melanoma Can Double Your Risk

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The medical history of your close family members is important to share with your doctors.  Even skin cancer can be genetic.  This genetic link combines with shared environmental and familial lifestyle factors that can also lead to skin cancer. By examining a family cancer registry of over 20,000 patients with melanoma, researchers found children and […]

Melanomas on the scalp are more deadly

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Don’t forget your head! When you’re checking yourself for new moles or growths, the one place on your body that is difficult to check is your scalp.  Unfortunately melanomas on the scalp are more deadly than on other locations of the body.  This could be due to a number of factors, including the number of […]

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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Merkel cell carcinoma is rare and can be deadly A rare form of skin cancer is now in the news, as it took the life of Jimmy Buffett.  Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is so rare that only 2,500 people a year are diagnosed with it in the U.S. In my twenty-plus years as a practicing […]

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment: Common and Curable

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What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma? The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, so you likely know someone who has had it. The cancerous spots generally are found on sun-exposed skin on ears, lips, […]

Skin Cancer Treatment: Mohs Surgery & More

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For Skin Cancer Treatment Mohs surgery provides precision and a high cure rate. I use a variety of techniques to treat skin cancer.  The location of the lesion helps to determine the treatment.  When the tumor is on the face, neck or hands, Mohs surgery is often advised because of the precision of removal and […]

Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment: What You Need to Know

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What Causes Basal Cell Carcinoma? The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  Basal cell is found on skin that receives lots of sun exposure, like your face, ears, neck and hands, but you can get it anywhere on your body.  It is a slow-growing cancer […]

Actinic Keratosis: What is it & How Can it be Treated?

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Actinic Keratoses are the most common skin precancer Actinic Keratoses (AKs) generally appear after the age of 40 on people with fair skin, blue or green eyes, or those who freckle or burn in the sun.  AKs are also more common on people who live closer to the equator, regardless of skin type, as sun […]

20% Off Sun Protective Clothing

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BloqUV is a North Miami company that offers sun protective clothing and is giving my patients a 20% discount. I am impressed with the softness of the fabric and how it wicks away moisture. I love the variety of fashionable styles in lots of vibrant colors. I am not affiliated with the company, nor do […]

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