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Good News at last!

Published on March 25, 2020

Melanoma can be a deadly disease. And for many years, apart from surgically removing the tumor, there was little else medicine had to offer if the cancer had spread to other organs. In fact melanoma mortality rates increased by 7.5

Sexual Orientation and risk of Skin Cancer

Published on February 26, 2020

A recent study looked at the prevalence of skin cancer in 845 264 participants and the relative risk of skin cancer based on sexual orientation. They found that gay and bisexual men had a higher prevalence of skin cancer compared to

Melanoma: Its mainly about U.V exposure, (but not always).

Published on February 21, 2020

We know that ultra-violet radiation (UV) is a carcinogen and that sun exposure or indoor tanning are risk factors for melanoma. However we also know that not all melanomas are due to UV exposure. In a recent study from the

Make sure your dog keeps its paws off you medicine!

Published on December 27, 2019

Dogs will eat anything! So be careful not to give them the opportunity to ingest your medications. In a recent publication it became clear that there have been several deaths of pets as a result of them ingesting the topical cream

Skin Cancer and Internal Malignancy. Another thing to worry about!

Published on December 16, 2019

Patients with a history of a none melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell or squamous cell cancer are at higher risk of subsequent basal cell or squamous cell cancers. However a recent study from Korea has suggested that these patient

Younger generation seem to be getting the message about melanoma!

Published on December 3, 2019

While the overall incidence of melanoma seems to be on the rise, there was a significant lowering in the rate of melanoma in among adolescents (10–19 years of age) and young adults (20–29 years of age). Using registry data, these authors evaluated

Sniffing Out Malignant Melanoma

Published on October 9, 2019

Not for the first time, an article that suggests that dogs can “smell” a melanoma and react to it. A 43 year old women presented to her doctor for evaluation of a mole on her back that had been present

Mohs for Melanoma

Published on September 19, 2019

Fredrick Mohs, the founder of the technique that caries his name,  used his method for the treatment of Melanoma as well as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Since then Mohs surgery has become the gold standard for treating none melanoma

Sex Matters: Men With Melanoma Have a Worse Prognosis Than Women

Published on September 9, 2019

We already know that men tend to present to the doctor with melanomas that are on average more advanced than the melanomas found in women. However, a recent study from the Netherlands found that even when you take into account

A biopsy may not give the whole story

Published on July 29, 2019

Surely when you get a final pathology report from a biopsy you have a definitive diagnosis? Well not always. While diagnosing a basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell cancer is usually pretty straightforward, the biopsy is only a sample of

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