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Even fish get skin cancer

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

There was an interesting story in the LA Times about Australian trout that get melanomas. Also, there is a new free app called UMskincheck which was developed at the Univ of Michigan to follow moles. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it should be interesting. Whether or not it would change biopsy rates is yet to be seen. I have biopsied moles that look scary and they’re completely benign and others that are tiny, but dark, and found melanomas or near melanomas. It is important to get a regular screening and get to know your own moles and growths to watch for changes.

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Actinic keratoses, time to treat?

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

January is prime time for Efudex treatment. No more excuses with the holidays being over! In my experience, Efudex (5-Fluorouracil) is the superior treatment for severe sun damage. It does require one to swallow one’s pride for several weeks, and yes, you will scare little children and potential mates, but the payoff is well worth it.

I recently had one patient who used it whose friends thought he had gotten an eye job after treatment. He looked about 10 years younger. There is downtime involved, but it does a great job.

I had another patient with multiple business enterprises who found the time to undergo treatment. His skin was miraculously smoother and healthier again.

There are other methods, but the most important thing is to remember that preventative maintenance is the key to preventing skin cancer. Actinic keratoses can lead to squamous cell cancer which has the potential to metastasize.

For inspiration, here is a re-posting of Dr. Bennett who finally gave in and used it.

Efudex poster child-taking it like a man

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