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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Mohs for the Elderly

Published on January 11, 2018

A retrospective review of 488 patients aged 85 or older presenting for nonmelanoma skin cancer management was performed (1999–2014). Patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) had a mean age of death of 93.5 years (older than the national average of

Diabetic Medication May Protect Against Skin Cancer

Published on January 9, 2018

A recent study from Taiwan suggests that diabetic patients who are treated with “metformin” had a lower risk of skin cancer than would have been expected. Further studies are needed to confirm and explain these findings but the authors suggest

Young Women at Greatest Risk for Melanoma

Published on December 29, 2017

Female gender is an independent risk factor for melanoma diagnosed under 44 years old. However after 45 years of age, there appears to be a protective role of female gender against UV-associated melanoma risk. Where you live is also an

Meds that keep your pressure down may be increasing your skin cancer risk!

Published on December 27, 2017

One particular blood pressure medication has been shown to increased risk of both squamous and basal cell cancer. Long term use of Hydrochlorothiazide, (which is a diuretic commonly used to treat hypertension) has been shown to significantly increase your risk

Its All In The Genes!!

Published on December 8, 2017

Why do some people’s skin look younger? A molecular study of women of various ages suggests its all in the genes.The gene expression patterns of skin biopsies from the subset of women who were younger-appearing were similar to those in

Education Helps!

Published on November 3, 2017

A group if NCAA athletes were studied regarding sun protective practices, both before and after sun protection education to students, coaches and trainers. The student athletes increased their sun protective practices significantly. A little education now may have great benefits

Beta Blockers may Reduce Risk of Melanoma Recurrence

Published on November 3, 2017

New hope for patients with advanced metastatic melanoma. A small study presented at the 2017 World Congress of Melanoma shows that a new immunotherapy can slow the progress of metastatic melanoma . The researchers used tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) extracted

The Ugly Duckling Sign

Published on October 17, 2017

“The Ugly Duckling Sign” may be the best way for none dermatologist to recognize a melanoma. Most patient education materials talk about using the A,B,C,D, Es of melanoma detection. (Asymmetry, Boarder irregularity, Color variation, Diameter larger than 6mm and Evolution

Genetic Testing For Melanoma Risk: who should have it?

Published on October 2, 2017

A recent study from France published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at risk factors that should lead to genetic testing for the high risk melanoma gene. Their conclusion was that testing was merited in patients with

Melanomas usually just happen on their own!

Published on September 11, 2017

The majority of melanomas arise from new lesions rather than existing moles, according to a review published online Aug. 29 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. While we always emphasis the importance of following the appearance of

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