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Marriage and Melanoma

Published on April 23, 2018
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Marriage just may save you from having a more advanced melanoma! A study from the University of Pennsylvania looked back at the marital status of over 50,000 patients diagnosed with melanoma. Married patients were more likely to be diagnosed with

BRCA affects men too!

Published on April 19, 2018
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When most of us think of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations we think of women and breast cancer. However BRCA mutations can increase the risk of other malignancies including melanoma. A recent study from Israel has show that

In one year over 50% of young adults get a sunburn!

Published on March 20, 2018
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A study from from the CDC in Atlanta examined the prevalence of sun protection use and sunburn in a 31,162 U.S. adults in 2015. The researchers found that 34.2 % of participants experienced sunburn in 2015. The prevalence was higher

Botox may help surgical scars heal better!

Published on March 14, 2018
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A recent publication suggests that injecting botox around a sutured wound may allow them to heal with less scaring. The study was small, only 14 patients and the differences were not huge. However the differences were significant enough to be

Not So Useful After All

Published on February 27, 2018
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Sentinel node biopsy is a procedure often used in assessing the risk posed by a melanoma. It is a method of surgically sampling the lymph nodes that the melanoma would most likely go to if it has spread. It has

Cover Up!

Published on February 23, 2018
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A study of the UV protection afforded by regular clothing showed that in general clothing gives better broad spectrum protection than sunscreen. You still need your sunscreen, especially for your face, but remember the easiest and often best way to

Good News Bad News about Melanoma Incidence

Published on February 14, 2018
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A research letter published in JAMA Dermatology suggested that younger patients have got the message! The rate of melanoma over the 10-year study period decreased significantly among younger white adults (men age < 45 years and women age < 35

Skin Cancer History Linked to Reduced Melanoma Mortality.

Published on February 12, 2018
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The results of this study of white male healthcare professionals found a surprising result. As expected those with a history of keratinocytic cancer (basal cell or squamous cell cancer) had a greater risk of developing melanoma. However the statistical analysis

Keep it Local, Keep it Safe

Published on February 2, 2018
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A meta-analysis of over 40 studies involving almost 20,000 patients confirmed what we already know. If you have a choice, avoid general anesthesia and stick with local. They found that general anesthesia was associated with many potential risks, including life

Quality of Life Matters

Published on January 29, 2018
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A recent European study examined the quality of life of patients with basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and actinic keratosis. They found that, while these conditions are rarely life threatening, they have a very significant impact on patients quality

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