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Friday, 22 April 2016 16:52 Written by MIguel Velazquez
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Have you had your yearly skin check?

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Have you had your yearly skin check?

When found and treated early, melanoma can have a cure rate of nearly 100%. If allowed to grow, melanoma can spread rapidly to other parts of the body and sometimes turn deadly.

Dermatologists believe that the number of deaths from melanoma would be much lower if people:

  • Knew the warning signs of melanoma.
  • Learned how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.
  • Took the time to examine their skin.
  • Had a full body exam once yearly with their dermatologist.

Skin cancer screening: If you notice a mole that differs from others or one that changes, bleeds, or itches, see a dermatologist.

Preventing skin cancer

The following can help everyone reduce their risk of getting skin cancer:

  • If you tan, stop. Research shows indoor tanning increases a person's melanoma risk by 75%.
  • Plan to spend time outdoors when the sun is less intense, such as before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m.
  • Be sure to wear sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy, rainy and snowy days.

What to look for in a sunscreen:

  • A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30
  • UVA and UVB protection

Wear sunglasses that have UV protection as well. Melanoma can develop in the eyes.

How to apply sunscreen:

  • Apply at least 20 minutes before you go outside.
  • Put sunscreen on all skin that will not be covered by clothing.
  • If you spend time outside, reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours.

 

Weston Waxweiler, MD

A Duluth native, Dr. Waxweiler recently joined North Atlanta Dermatology after completing his training in Colorado and Southern California.

 

Sponsored by: North Atlanta Dermatology | Offices in Duluth, Suwannee, Buford & Cumming
www.naderm.com | 770-814-8222

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Monday, 28 September 2015 14:31 Written by MIguel Velazquez

A Team Approach to Skin Cancer

Applying sunscreen daily, even if it's cloudy outside, getting your daily dose of vitamin D and regularly checking your birthday suit for any changes in your skin could save your life. These simple routines can help protect you from one of the most common forms of cancer: skin cancer. With diagnosis rates increasing more than 75 percent over the past decade, it is more important than ever to take precautions and keep an eye on your body's largest organ.

If you do happen to find an unusual spot on your skin and you receive a skin cancer diagnosis, you can trust you'll be in excellent hands at Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center and Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery. The Skin Cancer Center, led by Dr. Jared Friedman, has now doubled its surgical space and with the addition of Dr. Perry as our second, fully dedicated Mohs surgeon, we have doubled our capacity to serve the community.

Photo-01What exactly is Mohs surgery? Mohs surgery is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, or BCC and SCC for short. This microscopic surgery focuses on removing as little healthy skin tissue as possible when removing cancerous cells.

With nine general dermatologists, seven dermatology physician assistants, two Mohs surgeons, Drs.
 Friedman & Perry, a full-time, in-house pathologist and our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yellin,​​ Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer ​Center offers patients a rare opportunity to have their skin cancer diagnosed, treated quickly and effectively with Mohs surgery, and when necessary, reconstructed by Dr. Yellin, one of Atlanta's most respected and experienced facial plastic surgeons; all under one roof! Very few practices across the country are fortunate enough to offer this type of integrated skin care management.

 

 

Dr. Adam Perry

Dr. Perry brings an elite level of training in the latest skin cancer treatments to Metro Atlanta.
After obtaining his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, the Georgia native went on to do a dermatology residency in Charleston and then completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

The dedicated fellowship provided Dr. Perry with extensive experience using Mohs surgery to treat a variety of skin cancers – including melanoma – a skill set gleaned at only a handful of fellowship programs nationally. Dr. Perry also received extensive training in advanced reconstruction techniques to repair patients following the removal of skin cancer.

Adam Perry, MD, is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association.

 

Sponsored by: Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center | (770) 422-1013 | www.Mariettaderm.com  |  Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center | (770) 425-7575 | www.MariettaFacialPlastics.com

 

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Friday, 24 August 2012 17:59 Written by
Jared S. Friedman, MD, Mohs Surgeon, Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS,
 Facial Plastic Surgeon

A Team Approach to Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans developing some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Fair-skinned, blonde or red-haired people with blue or green eyes at the highest risk. In fact, if you are fair skinned and live to age 65, you have a 40 to 50 percent chance of having at least one skin cancer in your lifetime.   

Most skin cancers are either basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, which are most often cured by surgical removal. These cancers commonly occur in sun-exposed areas, particularly the head and neck region. Though the cancer often presents as a sore that flakes, bleeds or doesn’t heal, it can also appear as a pearly, raised area, a flat scaly spot or even a white, waxy scar.

On the other hand, melanoma, which forms from the pigment-producing cells in our skin that are part of the body’s neuroendocrine system, can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early. As a general rule, if you have a mole that has changed in appearance or is irregularly shaped, contains many colors or is larger than the size of a pencil eraser, you should have a dermatologist evaluate it.

The good news is that cutting edge skin cancer management can now provide patients with substantially higher cure rates using Mohs surgery techniques, which are performed exclusively by specially trained dermatologic surgeons.  Using microscopic control of the surgical margins, the Mohs surgeon can provide the patient with up to a 99% cure rate for the most common forms of skin cancer.  Following removal of the cancer; the Mohs surgeon may partner with a facial plastic surgeon to reconstruct the most challenging and complex facial defects. The facial plastic surgeon can minimize deformities by employing the most advanced reconstructive methods in conjunction with their artistic sensibilities. This is particularly important in the face, since our faces define who we are. Well-done facial cancer reconstruction is critical to maintain a person’s sense of wholeness and to preserve function of vital structures such as the eyelid, nose and lip areas.

It’s important to note that skin cancer rates have increased more than 75 percent between 1992 and 2006. To reduce your risk, stay out of the sun, avoid tanning beds and wear a broad spectrum sun protectant with SPF 30 or greater every day of the year. But if you do find a skin lesion that concerns you or have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, rest assured that the best care is just around the corner.

To best serve the community, Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center and Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center have created an integrated, one stop resource for almost all skin cancer patients. By offering general dermatologic surveillance, Mohs surgery with an on-site full service dermatopathology laboratory, and facial plastic surgery reconstructive services in one free-standing modern facility, we successfully treat thousands of people annually. This is a very unique resource for the greater Atlanta area.

Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

(770) 425-7575
www.mariettafacialplastics.com

Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center

(770) 422-1013
www.mariettaderm.com

111 Marble Mill Road NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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