An innovative new treatment for melanoma that uses patches embedded with microneedles to deliver anti-PD-1 antibodies and effectively target melanoma has proven successful in animal models. 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 26, 2016 under

Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer, and also the most deadly. About 120,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the US every year, and nearly 77,000 of these cases are invasive melanomas. In America, 1 in 50 people will get melanoma in their lifetime. Just over 10,000 deaths are expected in 2016, which averages out to about 1 death per hour (technically, one every 52 minutes!)!

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MOHS Surgery is a procedure developed by surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD in the 1930s that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  The technique has been improved & refined with time to become the best option for the removal of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 19, 2016 under

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second type of skin cancer. About 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, and SCC is responsible for approximately 2,500 deaths each year.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 17, 2016 under

BCC is a form of skin cancer that starts in the basal cell layer of the skin, which is the lowest layer of the epidermis. Typically a slow-growing cancer, it is quite treatable if detected early. At an advanced stage, it can cause damage to nearby important structures like the eye, ear & mouth.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 12, 2016 under ,

Actinic Keratosis (also known as solar keratosis or by the nickname “AKs”) are precancerous lesions that, when left untreated, may turn into skin cancer, typically squamous cell carcinoma. Caused by skin damaged by UV radiation, rarely does an individual only have one AK. 

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We recommend regular self-exams and whole body exams with a dermatologist to everyone, but if you are at high risk for skin cancer, this becomes especially important for you. Since skin cancer is one of the few cancers that is largely preventable, being “at high risk” does not mean you are destined to get skin cancer, so we will also include prevention tips that apply to everyone as well.

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Most dermatologists recommend doing a skin check self-exam every month, especially if you are at high risk for skin cancer. This is important because while Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) tend to be slow-growing, melanoma is very aggressive and can metastasize to other parts of the body quickly.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 02, 2016 under

Why is there a day dedicated specifically to melanoma? Melanoma gets its own day of awareness because of the 3 main types of skin cancer, it is the most dangerous. Left untreated, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and it can kill. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people in the US will die of melanoma. That’s about one person every hour!

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Next month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this post makes a good segue from our April series to the May series: Fact & Fiction about Skin Cancer. We’ll go more in depth on many related topics next month, but today we’ll quickly touch on the most common misconceptions about this disease.

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Skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also one of the few that is constantly exposed to the elements –wind and rain, hot and cold, allergens and irritants, and more. In addition, skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of the body; it works to keep harmful things out and to hold beneficial things in. These two attributes together shine a light on how important it is for us to protect our skin as much as we can. If we protect our skin, our skin will protect us. So, what are the main concerns that we need to protect our skin from?

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There is often confusion about the different types of skin cancer, so we thought it may be helpful to put them together into one chart comparing the three types of skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma).

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Nov 05, 2015 under

Our blog series this month is entitled “What Services Do You Offer?” We have longtime and new patients who do not know what we offer, so we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to treatments and procedures that we have here at Beverly Dermatology & Laser Center.

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Many of you have older, college-aged children. A growing concern for this age group is tanning, especially indoor tanning. A recent investigation found that more than half of the US’s top colleges had tanning beds on campus or in off-campus housing facilities. Several of these colleges allowed students to purchase tanning services using their college cards. This is highly concerning for a few reasons:

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I know that you know the sunscreen is important to your skin’s health because it helps prevent skin cancer and premature skin aging so instead of spending this post detailing why you need sunscreen and what to get (broad spectrum, SPF 30+, water-resistant), we’ll share just a few things to note:

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While we cannot stress the importance of Sun Safe Practices enough (needed 365 days per year!), if you get a sunburn, let’s talk about what you should do.

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Sun protection is important all year round, but especially in the summer because (a) we tend to spend more time outside and  (b) longer days of sun with typically higher UV indices.  We won’t rehash all of those topics in this post, just highlight one of the lesser known things about UV rays: they reflect.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 28, 2015 under

MOHS Surgery is a procedure developed by surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD in the 1930s that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  The technique has been improved & refined with time to become the best option for the removal of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

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The scalp is an often forgotten area when it comes to preventing & checking for skin cancer. We likely forget about this area of skin because we have hair that “must” be protecting our scalp from UV exposure. Funny how the sun has a sneaky way of getting here too! Melanomas on the head are particularly dangerous because of the proximity to the lymphatic and circulatory systems, so don’t overlook this area of skin!

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It’s always good to review the ABCDEs of identifying skin cancer and this system is such an easy way to remember what to look for.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 19, 2015 under

There are 3 main types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.

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We always get a lot of questions about sunscreens: What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? Are the ingredients safe or harmful? Should I get the highest SPF available? Are spray sunscreens OK? Is sunscreen waterproof? In this article, we will touch on the most common questions!

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Hopefully you know how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, so I will try & keep this post brief, like an overview, just to remind you of the Sun Safe practices you hopefully follow every day, but especially during your upcoming outdoor summer activities!

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All of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, but on the first Monday of May we focus specifically on melanoma awareness.

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Left untreated, it can metastasize to other parts of the body and can be fatal. As such, it has different treatments which may include chemotherapy and other more intensive options.

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Around the world, new ingredients that are proven effective & safe have been approved over the past 16 years that have been pending approval here in the US. Last November, the Sunscreen Innovation Act was signed into law here in the US.

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You know that you should be using sunscreen every day to protect your skin (sun damage is cumulative over time, not just during the summer), but you can boost your skin’s defense to sun damage to further keep your skin healthy & young.

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Most skin conditions do not require a million dermatologist visits (which is one reason people ignore issues), but there may be things you can be doing to relieve symptoms or improve the problem, even with chronic skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.

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Green tea is great for health all around. It is being studied in connection with cancer prevention and has been shown to lower high blood pressure.

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10 Things to know about Mohs Micrographic Surgery!


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In a previous post earlier this month, we noted that sometimes schools prohibit bringing sunscreen on campus due to allergy concerns. So, are there other ways to protect your kids? Yes -- with clothing! Ideally, it is recommended to use sun protective clothing AND sunscreen, but clothing alone can also offer protection to your children’s skin.

 

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All this month, we will be discussing topics that relate to summer activities. As “summer activities” are primarily outside, I just wanted to remind you again to practice Sun Safe practices!

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 29, 2014 under

Thank you for joining us on our Skin Cancer blog series! We hope that you have learned more about skin cancer and about the importance of protecting and checking your skin, for every skin type and skin color! 

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We have touched on this somewhat in several of our blog posts this week, but it is a big enough concern to warrant a post all its own. Fair-skinned people may be at the highest risk of skin cancer, but anyone can get skin cancer! 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 22, 2014 under

Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer, and also the most deadly. About 120,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the US every year, and just under 70,000 of these cases are invasive melanomas.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 20, 2014 under

MOHS is a procedure named after the surgeon Frederic Mohs, MD that is used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers.  This surgery is used for removing  cancers that are very aggressive, where edges are not easily seen, that have recurred or cancers that are in functionally or esthetically important areas.

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 15, 2014 under

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second type of skin cancer. About 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US, and SCC is responsible for approximately 2,500 deaths each year.

 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 13, 2014 under

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be discussing the 3 types of skin cancer and their treatments, starting with Basal Cell Carcinoma. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer (not just of skin cancer, but of ALL cancers) in the United States – over 2 million cases of BCC are diagnosed in the US every year!

 

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On Tuesday we looked at how to be safe in the sun in order to protect your skin from damage caused by harmful UV rays.  There is an additional step that dermatologist, including Dr. B, recommends to defend against skin cancer --- skin checks. 

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 06, 2014 under

As we mentioned in the previous post on Thursday, skin cancer is one of the more avoidable cancers because we know the primary causes. Genetics can play a role in the development of skin cancer, but exposure to UV rays is the #1 cause of skin cancer.

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This May, we will be discussing topics related to skin cancer – prevention, risk factors & what to look for as well as the different types of skin cancer & their treatments. To start us off, here are some important facts and statistics about skin cancer.

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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