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What is UV Radiation?

What is UV Radiation?

Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation Ultraviolet, or UV for short, radiation is invisible rays emitted from the sun. Scientifically speaking, ultraviolet radiation is defined as a form of electromagnetic radiation, the term used for any energy that moves at the speed of light.  Ultraviolet rays are measured in waves and given a specific wavelength.  Ironically, with smaller ultraviolet wavelengths, there is more…

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Moles And Melanoma

Moles And Melanoma

  Melanocytes are cells that produce dark skin pigment known as melanin. Melanin is what gives your skin color. At times, melanocytes may clump into a group forming a nevus (plural nevi) or mole. Nevi can be classified as either common or abnormal (atypical) moles. Moles (Nevi) versus Melanoma A nevus is a non-cancerous (benign) mole. Moles are generally not congenital (present at…

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Other Types Of Melanoma Treatment

Other Types Of Melanoma Treatment

Five Types of Melanoma Treatment There are different types of treatment available for patients with melanoma.  Standard treatments are those currently used by dermatologists today. There are also treatments that are being tested in clinical trials. A clinical trial is a treatment done by a research study meant to help current treatments or obtain information on new treatments. If a…

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Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer Treatment

Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer Treatment

Mohs surgery is a specialized type of surgery utilized for the treatment of certain types of skin cancers. Considered a state of the art technique, it boasts the best rate of cure in complicated cases of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Advantages of Mohs surgery include two factors. The first advantage is that, with this procedure, the dermatologist only takes…

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Melanoma Treatment Stages

Melanoma Treatment Stages

Treatment Options by Stages for Melanoma There are different types of treatments available for patients with melanoma. Some treatments are standard (those currently being used), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A clinical trial is a research study meant to either obtain information on new treatments, or to improve on current treatments. Some clinical trials are only open…

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Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin Cancer Surgery Risks and Safety Information Skin cancer diagnoses can involve several treatment options, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and surgery. Upon consultation with your doctor, you will mutually agree on a course of action for your situation. If you decide on surgery, your surgeon will thoroughly explain the procedure and its effect on your physical appearance and overall…

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Melanoma Basics

Melanoma Basics

Melanoma forms when malignant cancer cells form in the cells that color the skin (called melanocytes). These melanocyte skin cells make melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Melanocytes are found in the lower part of the top layer of skin, or epidermis. Sun exposure causes these cells to produce more pigment which is why the…

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Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis Currently, there are more than 58 million Americans affected by the skin condition known as actinic keratosis. This common skin cancer precursor is characterized by crusty or scaly lesions, which are caused by the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Doctors often refer to this skin disorder as solar keratosis. What is Actinic Keratosis? Actinic keratosis (commonly referred to as…

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