Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma Is the Deadliest Skin Cancer Melanoma is a scary word. It’s a word you never want to hear during a visit to the dermatologist. Unfortunately, the number of cases of melanoma skin cancer are increasing rapidly. Whether it’s due to better detection in the early stage of this highly treatable cancer or increased sun exposure and other factors causing the rise in melanoma diagnoses, the answer isn’t clear. It’s clear that melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma kills over 10,000 Americans a year. In 2016, melanoma will be diagnosed 135,000 times, of which about 76,000 […]

Total Body Photography: A Tool Against Skin Cancer

Total Body Photography Is A Great Way To Monitor Skin Lesions Did you know that the best way to keep track of all the moles and random spots on your skin is to routinely take pictures of them? This allows you to compare a picture from 6 months or a year ago to a picture you take today. It avoids the hassle of trying to remember if your mole really was that big or that dark before. Your guesses and attempts at trying to remember are probably wrong anyway. Total body photography attempts to take pictures of the entire surface […]

Introduction to Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is extremely common, so common that it’s the most common type of cancer. Without further ado, here is an introduction to skin cancer. The statistics are scary. It’s more common than breast, prostate, and lung cancer combined. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year in the U.S. alone. Think it won’t happen to you? Well if 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and you know more than 5 people, then either you or someone close to you will have skin cancer in their lifetime. Is […]

How To Tell if A Mole is Cancerous: Use ABCDE

The ABCDE Tool Helps Determine Whether A Mole is Suspicious Do you ever wonder how to tell if a mole is cancerous or totally benign? Every once in a while, I’ll get a new text message from a friend who wants my opinion. They want my opinion on a new mole or freckle that they had never noticed before. For example, last week one of my friends from California sent me a message saying: “Hey ms dermqueen, are freckles on palms or soles of feet a reason to be alarmed? Do they have to be removed?”  Of course every case […]