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February 14, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: skin cancer  

Understand more about skin cancer, its warning signs, and its treatment options.

Whether you are currently at risk for skin cancer or not, it’s important to understand how to properly safeguard your skin from developingSkin Cancer cancer as well as to know the early warning signs so that you can turn to our Deerfield, IL, dermatologists for care right away. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the subject!

 

Q. What are the different kinds of skin cancer?

A. There are three main types of skin cancer,

  • Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer and it’s most often found in areas of the body that are exposed to the sun such as the head.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This skin cancer is also found in areas that are exposed to the sun such as the ears or face but can grow into a deeper layer in the skin and spread more easily than basal cell carcinomas.
  • Melanoma: This is a less common but serious and potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer.

Other types of skin cancer include Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi sarcoma, and cutaneous lymphoma.

 

Q. What are some warning signs of skin cancer?

A. It’s important that you perform regular self skin-exams to check the health of your skin and to be able to pinpoint any changes that warrant visiting our Deerfield, IL, skin doctors. When it comes to determining whether or not a mole or growth is potentially cancerous it’s important to follow the ABCDEs:

  • Asymmetry: If you were to split the growth in half would both sides look identical? They should match up if the mole is healthy. When the sides look different this could be melanoma.
  • Border: Moles should have a clearly defined border. Melanoma often has a blurry, poorly defined, or crusted border.
  • Color: Healthy moles are only one color and can be different shades of brown. Any mole containing more than one color should be checked out.
  • Diameter: Moles that are greater than 6mm in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser) may often be warning signs of melanoma.
  • Evolving: Healthy moles stay relatively the same throughout your life. If a new growth or mole appears later in life or if a mole begins to change appearance, it’s time to see your dermatologist.

Other warning signs include,

  • A growth that won’t go away
  • Redness or swelling around the mole
  • A mole or growth that is painful, itchy, bleeding, or tender to the touch

 

Q. How can I prevent skin cancer?

A. The number one way to reduce your risk for skin cancer is to wear a full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every time that you are going to be in the sun for an extended period. Apply a generous amount to your face and body about 30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply immediately after sweating or swimming.

Other ways to prevent skin cancer include,

  • Wearing protective clothing when outdoors including sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Avoiding the sun during peak hours (from 10am-4pm)
  • Performing self-exams every month
  • Visiting a dermatologist at least once a year for a skin cancer screening

 

Give Us a Call!

If you are dealing with warning signs of skin cancer in Deerfield, IL, or if you just want to schedule your annual skin cancer screening, it’s time to turn to the skin care specialists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates. Protect yourself against skin cancer by calling (847) 480-0004 today!

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
August 09, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer  

Are you worried that skin cancer treatments will affect your appearance? Thanks to technological advancements, skin cancer surgery is skin cancermore precise than ever, resulting in smaller scars in many cases. The Deerfield, IL, dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates discuss skin cancer treatment options.

Skin cancer treatments

Treatment options vary depending on the type of severity of your cancer, but may include:

  • Cryosurgery: Freezing skin cells can be an effective way to destroy your cancer. During cryotherapy treatment, liquid nitrogen is applied to your skin. In the days after you leave our Deerfield office, the treated area will form a crust, which will eventually fall off, removing the cancerous cells.
  • Topical Medication: Applying strong topical medications to skin cancer can destroy more superficial types of cancer. The medication triggers the production of a natural body chemical that attacks and destroys cancerous cells. Topical medications are applied every day for several weeks.
  • Curettage and Electrodesiccation: After scraping away your tumor, your dermatologist heats the area with an electrocautery needle. The heat not only reduces bleeding but also destroys any cancerous cells that remain behind after the tumor is removed.
  • Excisional Surgery: During excisional surgery, your tumor is removed with a scalpel. Your doctor also removes a section of healthy skin surrounding the cancerous area. After the procedure, the tumor is sent to a laboratory. If cancer cells remain, you'll need to return for an additional excisional surgery procedure.
  • Mohs Surgery: Mohs surgery reduces scarring and the need for skin grafts by removing skin layer by layer. While you wait, the layer is examined under a microscope. If cancer cells remain, an additional layer will be removed. When there are no more signs of cancer, the surgery ends. Mohs surgery is most often used to treat squamous and basal cell skin cancers, although it may also be an effective treatment for melanoma, in some cases.
  • Radiation Therapy: No scalpels are needed with radiation therapy. Instead, cancerous cells are destroyed with high-energy radiation. If radiation therapy is recommended, you'll need multiple treatments to ensure that all cancer cells are destroyed.

Protect your health by obtaining prompt treatment for your skin cancer. Call the Deerfield, IL, dermatologists at Deerfield Dermatology Associates at (847) 480-0004 to schedule an appointment.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
June 05, 2017
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer   moles  

Are you concerned about a new or changing mole?moles

Summer can be an exciting time. The weather is beautiful and it’s time to enjoy days in the sunshine. Of course, sporting those summer clothes also means that you are more likely to notice some new moles that have cropped up. Our Deerfield, IL, dermatologists are here to provide a little insight into what warning signs to look out for and when you should come in for a checkup.

If you have a family history of melanoma or skin cancer, or if you are starting to notice new moles, then it’s a good idea to perform a self-exam every month on yourself. If you don’t have these risk factors then it may be safe to do this every other month. When performing these skin exams, be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Moles that have a blurry, uneven, jagged or poorly defined border (healthy males will have a clearly defined and circular border)
  • Moles that are asymmetrical (meaning that one-half is not the same size or shape as the other half)
  • Moles that have more than one color (suspicious moles may have specks of brown, black, white, blue or red)
  • Moles that are larger than the eraser tip of a pencil
  • Moles that bleed, or are itchy or painful
  • Moles that have suddenly appeared (as opposed to moles that you’ve had all of your life)

One great way to continue to monitor how a suspicious mole is evolving is to snap some photos of it when you perform your next self-exam. In a month, come back to the mole and take some more photos. Then compare the images to see if there have been any changes to the color, shape or size. If you notice any changes then it’s time to see our Deerfield, IL, skin doctor right away for an evaluation. When in doubt, give us a call.

Deerfield Dermatology is dedicated to making sure you have healthy skin for years to come. Skin cancer is serious and potentially fatal if ignored. By coming into our Deerfield, IL, dermatology office once a year for a skin exam, you could just protect yourself against melanoma.

By Deerfield Dermatology
June 03, 2016
Category: Skin Procedures
Tags: skin cancer  

Skin exams offer a simple way to detect potentially deadly skin cancer. Divya Singh-Behl, M.D.; Marcia Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.; Jonathan Dalton, M.D.; and Madhuri Konanahalli, M.D.; your Deerfield dermatologists, are here to explain why these examinations are so important.

Why are skin exams important?

Skin cancer may seem like a less dangerous type of cancer, but it causes approximately 13,000 deaths per year, 10,000 of them from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Skin cancer is very treatable when it's detected in its earliest stages. Because changes in your skin can be subtle, and it can be difficult to see moles or growths on your back or other hard-to-reach places, skin exams in your dermatologist's office are an excellent way to safeguard your health.

Who has to worry about skin cancer?

Skin cancer can affect anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in the sun. Factors that can increase your risk include:

  • Fair skin
  • Weakened immune system due to a disease, conditions or immune suppression medications
  • Living in a sunny or high-altitude location
  • One or more blistering sunburns as a child or teenager
  • Frequent sun exposure
  • Use of tanning beds or tanning lights
  • A family history of skin cancer

How can I protect myself? Visit your Deerfield dermatologists.

Performing your own skin cancer check at least once a month is a good way to spot changes in your skin. Look for any mole or spot that changes color, size, thickness or texture, or develops an irregular border. Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser should be evaluated by your dermatologist. Other possible signs of skin cancer include spots that hurt, itch bleed, scab or don't heal after a few weeks.

Yearly visits to your dermatologist are an excellent way to ensure that your skin stays healthy. During a skin examination, your doctor will look for suspicious spots over your entire body. If he or she notices any unusual looking spots, they'll be removed and biopsied.

Is it time for your next skin exam? Call Divya Singh-Behl, M.D.; Marcia Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.; Jonathan Dalton, M.D.; and Madhuri Konanahalli, M.D.; your Deerfield dermatologists, at (847) 480-0004 to schedule your next exam. Protect your skin with regular visits to your dermatologist.

By Deerfield Dermatology Associates
March 25, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: skin cancer  

If you're worried about skin cancer, you have every right to be. Skin cancer is on the rise and doctors estimate that roughly half of all fair-skinned people who live into their sixties will develop skin cancer. But catching skin cancer early is one of the best ways to survive it. Pay attention to these signs and call your doctor right away if you are concerned about anything.Skin Cancer

Signs of Skin Cancer

  • Irregular Moles

Many moles are benign and perfectly harmless. But if you develop a mole that is unusually shaped, you should have it checked by a dermatologist. Other signs of a concerning mole are its color, the border, and size. Many moles may turn out to be nothing, but it's better to know than not.

  • Skin Lesions

Basal cell carcinoma may appear on the most sun-exposed areas of the face and neck. It can appear as a waxy bump or a flat, flesh-colored sore. Squamous cell carcinoma appears often in the face and hands and appears in the form of a red nodule or a scaly, crusty lesion.

  • Red and Purple Patches

Kaposi sarcoma causes red and purple patches on the skin because it develops within the blood vessels. This type of cancer is caused by human herpesvirus 8, and occurs most often in people with weakened immune systems.

  • Nodules

Merkel cell carcinoma and sebaceous gland carcinomas cause typically painless, hard nodules on the skin. Some develop in the hair follicles, while others develop on the eyelids, face, ears, or hands. Though it's more common for nodules to develop in the most sun-exposed regions, depending on the cancer they can develop anywhere on the body.

When dealing with any potential skin cancer, it's important to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist is a doctor specially trained in treating all types of skin conditions. The doctors at Deerfield Dermatology Associates offer skin exams and biopsies for those concerned about skin cancer. If you notice anything unusual about your skin, schedule an appointment today for early diagnosis and treatment. It could save your life!



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Jonathan A. Dalton, M.D.
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