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Happy New Years from Advanced Dermatology!

Happy New Year's! From all of us at Advanced Dermatology, best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!

New Year 2012

Treating Skin Cancer and Precancerous Growths: Resources for Further Reading

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Protecting your skin from the Florida sun is a year-round endeavor. The sun’s rays can penetrate through even cold and cloudy days, damaging skin and contributing to skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist about the skin problems that could arise as a result of skin damage, and read more about possible treatment options below.

  • A common form of precancer, actinic keratosis appears as lesions on the skin and can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. For more information about actinic keratosis, refer to this guide from the Skin Cancer Foundation.
  • While many moles appear on the skin naturally and are benign, some may display signs of skin cancer. Read more about skin moles and how they could affect your risk for melanoma with this National Cancer Institute guide.
  • A procedure that can be used to treat cancerous lesions or abnormal skin cells, cryotherapy freezes the affected nerve causing pain or other skin problems. Learn more about how cryotherapy works and the conditions it can treat with this WebMD guide.

For more information about moles and monitoring for skin cancer, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Actinic Keratosis: Treating Precancerous Lesions

Precancerous growths that appear as lesions on the skin, Actinic Keratoses should be treated by a skin care expert or dermatologist to prevent them from developing into skin cancer. While a variety of treatments exist to treat AKs, sun protection and sun avoidance are among the preventative measures patients can take to curb the development of actinic keratosis. In the video below, learn more about the different treatments for Actinic Keratoses.

In some cases, the lesion will be treated directly with procedures like cryosurgery or photodynamic therapy. In others, field directive treatment will be taken. As Dr. Gary Goldenberg explains, removing AKs can be akin to removing weeds from a garden; while the individual lesions will be removed, underlying problems may remain. In cases requiring field treatment, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical chemotherapy to prevent lesions from reoccurring.

For more information about actinic keratosis, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Advanced Dermatology! To good health and good cheer, we wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season.

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Monitoring Your Moles

Portrait of a Woman with Melanoma Moles and Freckles (XXXL)

Moles are small growths on the skin that occur naturally and can be found anywhere on the body. They may be raised or flat and could change in size and color over time. While most moles appear in early childhood and pose no health hazards, some moles may be cancerous, particularly those that appear later in life. Your dermatologist can help you to monitor your moles for signs of skin cancer and to perform further testing if necessary.

How to Check Moles

When checking your skin for abnormal moles, follow the ABCDE criteria for detecting signs of skin cancer. Look for moles that are asymmetric, have irregular borders or coloring, growing, or evolving. Normal moles tend to be symmetrical with smooth borders and do not change over time. In addition, normal moles are generally consistent in color and smaller than a pencil eraser. If you detect a mole that does not meet that description, contact your dermatologist for further testing.

Testing Abnormal Moles

If you notice any abnormal moles, consult with your dermatologist. He or she can determine if the mole needs to be biopsied or simply monitored. Your dermatologist may choose to leave a mole alone and check its development during follow up visits. If you have several abnormal moles, though, your doctor may choose to remove one or a few of them. Once a mole is removed, it will be biopsied to check for cancerous cells.

For more information about moles and monitoring for skin cancer, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.

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