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Posts Tagged ‘Basal cell cancer’


Fractionated laser resurfacing; skin cancer and risk of other cancers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Fractionated carbon dioxide laser resurfacing remains the gold standard for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. I’ve given the Ultherapy the 3 month wait. In conclusion, I think I look worse on the side that was treated and so do my friends (who thought I looked younger on the un-treated side). I gave a lecture to the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society last month on fractionated carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. It gave me a chance to show all of the photos I’ve collected and to show how versatile the fractionated carbon dioxide laser is. I’ve used it on surgical scars, acne scars, benign lesions, brown spots, aside from just wrinkles. The talk was well received and it gave me a chance to thank those doctors that inspired me during my residency. I can’t believe how fast time flies (I mean, that was 15 years ago now!)

Also, there is new evidence that patients with a history of non-melanoma skin cancers are at higher risk for other cancers. Sometimes these studies are hard to believe, but what I can tell you is that consistently, lymphoma and other blood cancers do come up over and over. In my practice though, I can reassure you that these cancers are still rare. The vast majority of cancers patients have are the common ones, such as prostate, breast and colon cancers. I wouldn’t lose sleep over these issues. I am more alarmed at the high incidence of thyroid disease in Los Angeles. I myself have a mild case of hypothyroidism. It seems like at least 10% of my patients are on Synthroid. Jet fuel? Smog? Don’t know!

On a lighter note, enjoy my girls singing “Let It Go” from Frozen. We are in love with the songs and music, and we all belt out the songs in the car. I really think it is the greatest thing since Sound of Music. Not quite as romantic or deep, but those songs are mighty catchy!
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Itraconazole for basal cell cancer

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A study out from Stanford suggests that use of an oral antifungal drug called itraconazole may shrink basal cell cancers up to 24%. Unfortunately, not a complete home run, but interesting, nonetheless.

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Tanning beds and basal cell cancer

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The Skin Cancer Foundation put a factoid up on their Facebook page today. Tanning bed users have a 69% increase in basal cell cancer rates.

Even though I am a dermatologist, I also used tanning beds in college (?!) and remember lying on the beach at Northwestern (yes, Pepperdine isn’t the only college with beaches!), getting tan and burnt during my first college spring break in Cancun.

Pretty wasted effort since I didn’t really date anyone in college (no one at Northwestern did!) Not sure who I was trying to impress, but do remember that tanning was addicting. I did get a wink from Billy Hufsey from Fame, my first celebrity flirt while in Cancun. Whoo hoo, not worth it!!

Basal cell cancers in young people are not all that common, so it is especially concerning when I see them in 20 or 30 year olds. I saw a teenager once with a BCC and my friend’s sister had one on her lip in her early 20’s. I am afraid it does not bode well either, since most of our frequent flier cancer patients had their first ones in their 40’s.

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