Outdoor workers face many potential dangers in their line of work, from machinery injuries to working along the side of a busy road, but one danger they can’t see is the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s easy to overlook sun protection at a busy worksite. They spend many hours in the mid-day sun, which is a major risk factor for all skin cancers, including the most serious, melanoma.
Yes, moles are common and almost every adult has a few of them on their body. Adults who have light skin often have more moles but it is normal to have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. Most moles appear on the skin during childhood and adolescence and will grow as the child (or teen) grows.
A dermatopathologist is a highly trained physician who specializes in diagnosing disorders of the skin under a microscope. They are a dermatologist or pathologist with extra board certification in evaluating skin, hair and nail diseases. In simpler terms, the dermatopathologist is a “Private Eye” using microscopic observations and information from your dermatologist to explain your skin issues.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects nearly 16 million men and women nationwide. There are triggers that can make the disease worse and they can include extreme heat and cold, alcohol, spicy foods, and stress—to name a few. Avoiding these triggers when possible can help to prevent flares.
A full body exam, or skin cancer screening, is an evaluation of the skin done to identify suspicious spots for skin cancer. These types of evaluations are critical because they allow us to detect skin cancer earlier, when they are easier to treat.
All children, with very few exceptions, will develop moles during the course of their childhood and adolescence. It is also normal for moles to increase in size as a child grows; darken in the summer and lighten in the winter. Some moles will completely fade away. When should we as parents be concerned about a certain mole? Here are some warning signs that warrant prompt attention by a dermatologist.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Acne is not limited to teenagers. Adults can develop acne in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond. There are many effective treatments but unfortunately there are many myths about acne that can make it difficult for a person to get the proper care. Treating acne early in its course helps to minimize the risk of scarring and discoloration and improves a person’s self esteem.
Mohs micrographic surgery has set a new standard in skin cancer treatment. An increasing number of physicians are performing Mohs surgery, which is now widely accepted as the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. However, not all Mohs surgeons receive the same level of training as Dr. Shurman, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon.