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Celebs are not immune to cancer either!

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

HE MUST BE REALLY SECURE WITH HIMSELF....REALLY!!

EVEN COWBOYS GET THE BLUES

CLICK HERE FOR DOMINIC PURCELL\'S STORY

CLICK HERE FOR JESSE TYLER FERGUSON\'S STORY

It’s been a big week here at Bennett Surgery Center. It is always a pleasure to be appreciated, but to be appreciated for your work in a public way is very gratifying. Kudos to Dr. Bennett for being recognized for his dedication to quality care by not only one, but two, celebrities last week in the national and international news. Both stories went, as they say, viral once both gentleman spoke of their stories on Instagram. Skin cancer should be news because it is so common.

We have taken care of a number of celebrities and public figures in our office. Of course, many choose to stay anonymous which is understandable, but to have the bravery to reveal their problems, to assure many others who have the same problem that everything will be OK, and to raise awareness for many others who might not even know yet that they have the same health issues, is tremendous. Dominic Purcell even reminded everyone in his Instagram post that his friend Hugh Jackman also had skin cancer treated with Mohs surgery.

Thank you so much to both Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dominic Purcell for their courage to come forward with their own experiences with skin cancer-the cancer that 1 out of 5 Americans will probably face sometime in their lifetime! Who only knows how many more skin cancers will be found because of their coming forward.

And, by the way, we do give out 3M Micropore brown paper tape to our new patients, so your bandage doesn’t have to scream “Hi There!!” as much! Mr. Ferguson demonstrates the pressure dressing that you will go home with for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and prevent postoperative bleeding, while Mr. Purcell shows how a single layer bandage can be used the next day….We even had someone go on Good Morning America with a bandage on their cheek. So own it, work it, like these two! #healthyego #selfconfidence

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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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Restylane, Juvederm really do last

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

How do I know? Our practice has the largest series to date of incidental hyaluronic acid filler found during Mohs surgery years after placement. This study was presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the American College of Mohs Surgery in Phoenix last weekend. One of my patients had filler put in her lips five years prior!

That being said, patients are often afraid of looking crazy after filler. After the Oscars, which I usually do not watch, I kept hearing about Kim Novak. OK, don’t know who she is, but I later caught a clip of her on TV. Oy! It reminded me of the movie Mask. I can assure you that I keep patients looking like themselves. The best cosmetic doctors have patients who do not look done. Unfortunately in LA there tends to be a strangely unnatural aesthetic which I don’t subscribe to. Most patients only need 1-4 syringes of filler, the younger you are, the less you need. I allow the patient to see themselves as we go along to make sure we are on the same page.

I get it though. Mid-life crises, anti-aging procedures and relationships were the dominant topic of conversation in Phoenix (I reassure you, I also did learn a lot about cutaneous oncology, but that might bore you). The best part of going to the meeting was the traditional slumber party with my 2 good friends. No Wedding Planner movie in the background-this time the Golf Channel. I diagnosed more orthopedic injuries from Cipro, saved my friend’s husband’s vision, played marriage counselor, and got helpful golf tips. I am putting Korean LPGA women to shame, I am just learning now, but at least I can make contact with the ball most of the time and drive it about 90 feet. Mini golf, anyone? I rock at that…

Saving people from blindness? This blog spans more than dermatology. If you know anyone with high myopia (translate into “blind as a bat”) they are at high risk for a spontaneous retinal detachment and should be examined annually by a general ophthalmologist or retinal specialist. Sudden floaters or flashing of lights are an eye emergency. Otherwise you face placing your head down in a special chair for 6 weeks, no plane rides, and possible permanent vision loss. Fortunately, I had mine caught early on a routine exam. My friend’s husband was trying to play his own doctor, and was given the advice to come back in 3 months. I prodded him to see a retina specialist. Luckily, I met him a long time ago and he is more apt to listen to me than his own wife (hence the counseling).

I watched more TV than I had in months. CNN is still talking about the downed plane, Fox News is still talking about Benghazi. I guess I’m not missing anything? Just kidding. Our news channels are embarrassing at times. I was just happy to get away from watching shows about aliens on H2. Sadly, there may be more substance there!

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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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Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This is Mommy, Signed Amelie aka Klimt

VIDEO: PRACTICING THE PAGEANT WAVE, CLICK HEREMy girls had a wonderful birthday party again. So glad that many of their friends from school and beyond were able to make it. Mom worked hard on the party. I even made the skyline in the background after a full day of surgery. I would love to live in the Michael’s store if I had a chance, but alas, that is another life. Mom and her best friend wrapped 56 water bottles in Spiderman duct tape and went a little crazy on Etsy. I’m sure my kids will have no recollection or appreciation for this when they get older.

Thank you for putting up with my annual pilgrimage to San Diego for teaching skin cancer reconstruction. It was nice to meet doctors from Europe and the US, as well as getting some fresher air down there. We enjoyed our first trip to Legoland and the new Legoland Hotel. It comes with a disco in the elevator. I’d give the food a solid B, service very friendly, a little confused, but friendly. The highlight of my trip was a Tony Hawk sighting at dinner in Carlsbad while chowing down on Maine lobster and oysters, and seeing my cousin and his family with my parents, whom I flew out to join us. Too bad Didi was too young to appreciate that he was sitting right next to us. She is constantly asking me about skateboards.

I will not be leaving town as far as I know until early September, though a brief trip may happen in August. It has been a busy time, so please plan accordingly! Looking forward to my trip to NYC right after Labor Day ALL BY MYSELF!!! I love to travel by myself, but unfortunately, I have gotten more and more chicken as I get older. My social calender is already full and I can’t wait to grab a cup of coffee from one of those street stands and pound the pavement and re-explore all the old neighborhoods at my own pace. I have been working really hard this summer, so I am looking forward to a little indulgence of time for myself. Cannot believe I have only been there once since I left in ‘98. I will look forward to all of your NYC tips. First stop will be Ess-A-Bagel for the whitefish salad!

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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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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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Melanoma Monday

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Mayo Clinic just announced results of a long study on residents in Minnesota. Between 1970 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma went up 9 times for young women, and 4 times for young men. Also, the Skin Cancer Foundation announced that one person dies of melanoma every hour.

A skin cancer exam is a very important part of one’s general health check-up. Many melanomas can be subtle or very small.

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