Spelling Out Skin Cancer

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If you haven’t already seen it all over our social media accounts, then you should know that May is…Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “It is estimated that 144,860 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2016.” This shocking number should make you want to get smart about skin cancer ASAP! We have pulled information from the expert sites on skin cancer, as well as some tips from some of our very own physicians to quickly brief you on the important facts about this disease.  (more…)

It’s Time to See the Dermatologist

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For whatever the reason many people try to avoid going to the doctor, no matter the specialty. We get it, it’s not at the top of your list of things you want to do, but there are some cases in which it is necessary to visit the doctor.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different diseases”.

So when exactly should you be seeing the dermatologist? We’ve included some circumstances of when it would be in your best interest to seek the professional help of a dermatologist.

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U.S. Melanoma Rate Increasing

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CDC reports melanoma incidence rate has doubled in last 30 years.

Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer, usually is the result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation. There are different kinds of skin cancer including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma but the one with the highest mortality rate is melanoma. According to a recent report released by the CDC, the melanoma incidence rate in the U.S. has doubled in the last 30 years. (more…)

Common Cancer Symptoms Ignored

molesJust because something seems minor does not mean you should take it lightly according to a new study. More than half of adults surveyed experienced symptoms of cancer but only two percent believed that cancer was a possible cause. Many people are not paying attention to the warning signs. Routine tests are important, but do not rely on the tests alone for protection. Some cancer is easily treatable and curable when diagnosed early. Here are some symptoms that should be taken seriously.

Lumps & Bumps

Many cancers can be felt through the skin. If you notice any strange lumps or bumps, you should see your doctor immediately.

Cough or Hoarseness

Several types of cancer, including leukemia, laryngeal, lung, or thyroid cancer can cause symptoms that mimic a bad cough or bronchitis. If the problems persists or goes away and comes back again it is definitely a cause for concern.

Weight Loss

If you are shedding pounds without any effort that is a concern and can be an indicator of serious medical problems. According to the American Cancer Society, unexplained weight loss of 10 pounds or more can be the first sign of cancer. This warning sign is common in those with pancreatic, stomach, lung or esophageal cancers.

Skin Moles

While all moles are not an indicator of melanoma, a new mole or one that has changed should be checked by a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to screen for skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of all cancers. Early detection is critical in treating skin cancer.

Bloating

It’s very common to feel bloated after eating or drinking too much. A bloated and painful tummy can indicate something other than cancer but if you consistently feel bloated for more than two weeks, this could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

FDA issues new statement on tanning equipment

The FDA recently issued a statement that changes the classification of sunlamps and other tanning devices from low-risk to moderate-risk. This statement includes requirements for equipment such as tanning beds to have black box warnings against use by those under 18. Marketing materials for tanning equipment will also have to include certain warning statements about the increased risk of skin cancer from using tanning devices. The tanning device industry takes in billions of dollars in revenue each year and will certainly try to convince you that the dangers are exaggerated or the risks worthwhile. Here are just a few facts on tanning beds that might make you rethink getting your “pre-sun” tan this year.

  • There is a 59% increased risk of melanoma for those who have used a tanning bed. Every time you go tanning the risk increases
  • The amount of UV radiation produced in a tanning bed can be equivalent or greater than the sun
  • The excuse of needing to get vitamin D is not valid, as this vitamin can be obtained in sufficient quantities through diet and vitamin supplements