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Archive for March, 2012

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Do I need Mohs surgery even if my biopsy site healed well?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I get asked this almost every week. “But my biopsy site has healed so well. I put……(fill in the blank-emu oil, vitamin E etc) on it and you can hardly see it!

Yes, it is true that sometimes a biopsy will remove the entire lesion if it is very small. However, just as you might get a breast biopsy or prostate biopsy, if you had cancer diagnosed, you would not consider the biopsy to be a treatment.

A biopsy is simply a test, a sampling. Cancer is microscopic and can be one to several cells thick. While this watch and wait approach would be ok on very tiny basal cell cancers on the back, I would not do this on the face or any tumors such as squamous cell carcinoma that have the potential to metastasize.

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Did you know?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

There may be a link between UV light used during manicures and skin cancer? A recent study mentioned by the American Academy of Dermatology this week may have found a link? Next time, consider just letting your nails dry naturally.

Also, I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect your lower legs from sun exposure, especially to the women out there. I have a number of lovely senior ladies who now suffer from squamous cell cancer after squamous cell cancer due to the sun damage they’ve received as well as recent trauma. There are enough fake tanners/sprays out there!

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