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Melanoma, Skin Cancer Screenings, and Early Detection

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer by a wide margin. There is a variety of different types of skin cancers that someone may develop at some point in their life. One of the most concerning types of skin cancer is melanoma. Like other forms of cancer, melanoma forms when the cells in […]

Protected: Delays in Surgical Treatment of Melanoma and Mortality

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The Perils of Biotin Supplementation

This is an important note to all of my patients because of the frequency of biotin use by the public. Many doctors have recommended biotin as a supplement for years as it is inexpensive and easy to use. It is a water-soluble vitamin, which while it does little harm,┬áthe therapeutic benefit is negligible and it […]

Melanoma still on the rise

Despite the many new treatment options for melanoma that have and will save many lives, the incidence of melanoma continues to rise. This is a worldwide problem, especially among fairer complected individuals. In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it was estimated that by the year 2040 the […]

When it comes to early melanoma, Mohs is better!

The complete removal of melanoma is a primary goal of excision, and local recurrence is one measure to evaluate the efficacy of surgical technique. Through the comparison of published local recurrence rates for melanoma treated with Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) or staged excision versus wide local excision (WLE) we can determine which method is more […]

Facial exercise can make you look younger!

Mature woman sitting in countryside

You already know that working out your body can make you look and feel better. Now evidence that facial exercises can make you look younger. In this study, women aged 40-65 years old were given facial exercises to perform for 30 minutes for at least 3-4 times per week, for a total of 20 weeks. […]

Sunscreen for kids, does it really matter?

The dogma is that we need to encourage our children to use sunscreen not just to avoid the pain of an acute sunburn now but to lessen the risk of melanoma latter in life. But is all the hassle really worth it?. A population-based, case-control family study was conducted in Australia to examine this issue. […]

The bugs living in your guts might save you!

The importance of which specific bugs you have in your body, your “microbiome” , is becoming increasingly recognized. Now a study has show that patients’ repose to an immune therapy used in advanced melanoma, varied based on their specific microbiome. Investigators used stool samples to get an accurate picture of each patients microbiome before treatment […]

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