June 2013

Rosacea Basics

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and swelling of the face that can also affect the scalp, neck, ears, chest, and back. Eye symptoms (ocular rosacea) are also reported by half of people with rosacea. Those afflicted with rosacea may first notice a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition progresses …

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Skin Cancer Basics – Part Two

What causes skin cancer? Sunlight is composed of visible light (all the colors we see in daylight), infrared radiation (which provides warmth), and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). More than 90 percent of all skin cancer is caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation. UV radiation damages the skin’s DNA, causing a cell …

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Skin Cancer Basics – Part One

Skin canceroccurs when skin cells start growing abnormally, causing cancerous growths. Most skin cancers develop on the visible outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), particularly in sun-exposed areas (face, head, hands, arms, and legs). They are usually easy to detect by examining the skin, which increases the chances of early treatment and survival.   …

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Self Skin Examination – Part Two

Last week we introduced the need for, as well as the recommendation for monthly self skin-examinations by the American Academy of Dermatology (“AAD”).  Today I want to mention what you need to be looking for when performing these regular exams.   As you or your partner examines your skin, look for changes in the size, …

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