Expert, Comprehensive Skin Care
At Dermatology Associates, we specialize in diagnosis and treatment of common and rare skin diseases. Our physicians are all board certified by the American Academy of Dermatology and actively pursue continuing medical education to ensure they are abreast of findings and advances in the field. We understand how uncomfortable and even frightening a skin condition can be and we are committed to going above and beyond to ensure our patients’ well being and ease their minds.
Diseases that we treat include:
- Skin Cancer
- Nevi (Moles)
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
- Urticaria (Hives)
- Diseases of Hair
- Diseases of Nails
- Infectious Skin Disease
- Irritated Skin Tags
- Inflamed Seborrheic Keratoses
- Skin Lymphoma
Skin Cancer: What You Need to Know
Prevalence & Cause: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. More than 90% of all skin cancers is caused by sun exposure, from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet light.
Types: There are 3 common types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and least aggressive. The most serious is melanoma, for which the number of new diagnoses continues to rise. 1 person dies every hour from melanoma in the United States.
Protection: UV protection is of the utmost importance. The best protection is provided by covering up: hats, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts, long pants. If this is not possible, we recommend proper use of sunblock. There are 3 ingredients that stand above all others for protecting against both UVA and UVB: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and parsol 1789 (avobenzone). A new photostablilizing additive has been introduced to both Neutrogena (Helioplex) and Aveeno (Active Photobarrier Complex) sunblocks, providing added benefit.
Detection: It is important to conduct regular skin checks on yourself and your children. If you see unusual colored, shaped or growing moles or pigmented spots, you should have them looked at immediately by a dermatologist. Because skin cancer often presents in areas you can’t easily see like your back, sides and back of arms and legs, the best precaution is a regular full body check by a dermatologist, especially if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer.