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Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Sorry for the absence!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Sorry for not posting a blog for months. It started with my girls’ bday party planning, and somewhere it morphed into the elementary school search.

A lot of you have been asking when Verdure sunscreen will be available again. We are really sure it will be March/April 2015. Thanks for your patience.

I hope you will enjoy getting to know my new assistants Rosa and Tracy. Once again, I have made the USC and UCLA crowds happy.

Mistakenly, I was omitted by Pasadena Magazine as a Top Doctor in Dermatology this year when the issue was published. Their editors were notified of this error. Once again, you will see my name in Los Angeles magazine as a SuperDoctor this January. Thanks again to my colleagues who have bestowed Dr. Bennett and me with this honor.

A friendly reminder that I will be out of the office as usual Thanksgiving week and between Xmas and New Years. Cosmetic treatments and appointments are very popular around this time of year so plan accordingly. The Mohs surgery schedule is also filling up, so if you decide to postpone your surgery until after the holidays (not recommended for SCC or melanoma), please make careful note of the exact location of your biopsy site and take multiple pictures with your cell phone or ask your referring dermatologist to take a picture and consider a diagram.

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Ahhh, summer!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Please forgive my absence. It’s been a crazy month. I hope everyone is enjoying the spectacular June weather. Not much June gloom this year, but I’ll take temps in the mid-70’s forever!

We are transitioning many employees in the office this month, both medical and lab assistants. Many of our employees are moving on to graduate school, and we are welcoming many new faces. We are doing our best to train them properly. Thanks for your patience with this process. I must say, finding these gems in the mine has been quite a challenge this year. Never have we had so many flaky applicants. It really was disappointing. A lot of careless typos, regurgitated cover letters and poor etiquette from college graduates this year. I’ve never seen anything like it in the many years I’ve been doing this. I’m wondering if social media has just changed people’s behavior in the workplace. Nevertheless, I’m really proud of who we are sending off and who we are welcoming in, so I hope you enjoy getting to know my new assistants.

We’ve been spending a lot of time in our pool, and it reminds me to talk about sun protection in water. Water resistance in sunscreens is really important. I favor mineral based sunscreens (zinc/titanium) because they tend to last longer and usually do not sting the eyes. The term “water resistance” means that the sunscreen has been shown to last in 40 minutes of water. “Very water resistant” which is a term being phased out, means 80 minutes duration.

Our dog Gigi goes a little nuts when we are in the pool. She thinks we are all drowning. As a Belgian Malinois, it is her duty to protect us. This leads to incessant barking which echoes throughout Stone Canyon. The nice thing is that she is so worn out from “rescuing” us that it guarantees she is pooped for the rest of the day. She got 93 likes on Facebook from the Belgian Malinois enthusiasts. This may be almost as many Facebook friends as I have.

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The amazing human spirit

Friday, April 4th, 2014

One day on Facebook, I caught wind of a page for a high school classmate of mine called “Cure Eric.” He was in all my classes. I remember a quiet, but always smiling guy who didn’t have a mean bone in his body. I learned he had become a recording engineer, had metastatic colon cancer, and had been suffering for 2 years. Watching his posts was just awe inspiring. While other people are posting pictures about food and their kids, Eric is posting about how he just found out he had new lung or brain mets, and was going to go to the doctor. He never felt sorry for himself, he just talked about how he was looking forward to learning more about what the doctors would do for him. He never failed to keep up his spirits in these posts, and thanked his doctors constantly. Every time we heard about another bout of lung mets, or brain surgery, my medical mind would say, “that was it” but Eric’s courage and positive spirit were truly amazing. He survived through some bouts of illness that defy logic, and I am convinced his fighting, upbeat attitude, even towards the end helped him survive longer and better. Sadly, he was hospitalized for pneumonia recently and passed.

I also recently made a home visit to my patient who was diagnosed with ALS a couple years ago. The last time I saw her she was lying down in a gurney in my office and she was having problems getting nutrition. She hugged me and I thought she was saying goodbye to me. That must have been nearly 8 months ago. The next thing you know, she is sitting up comfortably at home and has a sophisticated computer device set up to converse with me. She is still doing well, although she cannot walk or talk anymore. Life is mysterious and beautiful!

Speaking of mysterious, I had a weird run of 3 melanoma diagnoses in one week. Even the pathologist was surprised. Then there were 2 incidental basal cell carcinomas this week, I just happened to find them even though the patients came in for other reasons. Please don’t hesitate to get yourself checked out!

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Spot your own skin cancer

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As I was reviewing my collection of research articles, I came across an abstract that was presented by some colleagues. They found that most skin cancers they operated on in their practice were discovered by the patient themselves! Get to know what your skin looks like so you can find the subtle changes. Besides the obvious, check your feet, your privates (epidemic of genital warts among my young patients), and go get your eyes and retinas examined by an ophthalmologist if you have had a lot of sun exposure or have a lot of moles. Let a friend or loved one check your back, or if you don’t have anyone, let me do it! It is always best for the dermatologist to do an annual total body skin exam if you have never been examined, or you have a personal or family history of skin cancer.

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Skin Cancer Myths and Facts

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Skin Cancer Myths and Facts

The Skin Cancer Foundation has a wonderful page about the most controversial and confusing issues regarding sun protection. Check it out! And hey, I finally figured out how to create a link on Word Press (it’s that red link above). That alone should encourage you to check it out. Woo hoo!

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Skin cancer incidence

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Skin Cancer Foundation put out a statement that the incidence of skin cancers is higher than that of breast, lung, colon and prostate combined. This does not include just melanoma, but also non-melanoma skin cancers including basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. Preventative exams are key! Not only should you have a dermatologist look at you, but get to know what your skin looks like. This can be tough in certain places, so have a loved one help, and/or use two mirrors. Things can change fast. I just had a patient who had a full exam in August, and now has multiple suspicious moles that just popped up in the past 6 months.

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Skin cancer, the gift that keeps on giving

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

…well at least it’s not genital warts (see previous post). Once you get a skin cancer, unfortunately, you often will get more. The younger you are when you get one, the more likely you will have more in your lifetime. Almost everyone we treat with Mohs surgery has had a previous skin cancer elsewhere. It is important to prevent skin cancer in the first place by avoiding prolonged sun exposure and practicing common sense sun protection. Does that mean you have to be a recluse? No, but purposefully sunbathing is not very smart.

An experienced dermatologist can often recognize a skin cancer in its earliest stages, though every dermatologist has missed something at some point in their careers. (And if they claim they have not, they are big fat liars!). Therefore, we rely on patients to do their own self exam and observe any suspicious lesions for changes in color, shape, size and border, and to come in for periodic exams. Don’t let anyone freeze any lesions more than once without discussing the possibility of a biopsy for any persistent or recurrent lesion. The person that set the record in my office for the longest time spent in Mohs surgery in one day was a celebrity in his 40’s who had had a lesion frozen twice with two different dermatologists. He pulled through wonderfully and took it very well considering, but we were both dumbfounded at the extent that this tumor had grown.

I love what I do and I get the most satisfaction from educating my patients on their skin lesions and skin cancer, but I would rather not be cutting off parts of your nose, eyelids, lips, etc for your sake. Preventative care is really important.

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Lots of skin cancer news

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There has been a lot of new data on skin cancer lately.
-There is a link between melanoma and breast cancer
-Women who drink 3 cups of coffee a day may lower their risk of basal cell carcinoma by 20%. Sorry, men, only 9% for you.
-After just 4 tanning bed visits, the risk of basal and squamous cell carcinoma increases by 15% and of melanoma by 11%. The younger the patient is, the higher the risk of basal cell carcinoma
-Melanoma rates have increased for women under 50 for Caucasians, Asians and Hispanics
-Melanoma remains the #1 cancer in white women from the ages of 25 to 29 and #2 for women 15 to 30 years old

It is not common knowledge that non-white people can get skin cancers. Some of the worst basal cell cancers I have seen are in Hispanics and Asians. The two worst nose cases I’ve seen lately were in two Korean people in their 60’s to 70’s.

I would not be surprised if I get a basal cell carcinoma one day considering that my friends and I spent a lot of time frying in the sun trying to tan ourselves and swimming at the Swim Club! I remember my blonde friend turning as red as a lobster, and I was disappointed that I just couldn’t tan. Baby oil, Hawaiian Tropic and Coppertone SPF 4-we used it to try to get tan, not to protect ourselves! I escaped the signs of sun damage until I moved to San Diego in the late 90’s. Too much outdoor fun on the weekends led to a lot of freckling. I wish I knew then what I know now.

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Basal cell carcinomas increasing in Europe

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Basal cell carcinomas have increased about 7% per year in Europe from 1991 to 2007 according to a study from the Netherlands. There has been an increase in both the least aggressive (superficial) and most aggressive (infiltrative) types.

http://www.medwire-news.md/66/89386/Dermatology/Basal_cell_carcinoma_on_the_rise_in_Europe.html

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