• Let’s Talk About Skin Cancer
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    Let’s Talk About Skin Cancer

    Lets Talk About Skin Cancer What is cancer? Cancer is a term used for diseases where some cells reproduce and grow abnormally and have the ability to spread to other parts of the body. When cancer spreads it is called metastasis. Cancer cells can spread to nearby body parts parts or through the blood and lymph systems to more distant parts. Cancers are named for the part of the body or the cell where they started; even when they spread to other parts of the body. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is when some skin cells become cancerous. Skin cancer can affect anyone and can occur anywhere on the…

  • Sun Protection & Skin Cancer – Senior Care Corner Family Caregiver Video Tips
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    Sun Protection & Skin Cancer – Senior Care Corner Family Caregiver Video Tips

    Hello I’m Kathy from Senior Care Corner. Today we’re sharing another caregiver tip: Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention. With the summer months upon us and so many of us spending long hours in the hot summer sun, we thought that this was a good time to remind everyone of the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer. Since skin cancer has a 98% survival rate when caught early, we feel it’s important to remember these safety tips: The first tip: Be sure to avoid skin exposure in the sun during peak sun hours between 10am and 4pm. If you can avoid it stay out of the sun or seek…

  • Small Bump Turned Out to be Rare Skin Cancer
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    Small Bump Turned Out to be Rare Skin Cancer

    Two years ago I came to Dr. Hess with some sort of growth on my arm that other doctors told me not to worry about because he was my third doctor that I had had shown it to and the others were like it’s fine they’ll go away. Luckily Dr. Hess did not have the same plan. He recognized that it was something, sent it away, came back, he had to give me the news the hardest news that I’d ever had to receive; it was an aggressive form of skin cancer, very rare and a lot of doctors weren’t familiar with it, and I really credit him with saving…

  • SunSmart myth busting: Irish weather doesn’t cause skin damage
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    SunSmart myth busting: Irish weather doesn’t cause skin damage

    Hi, I’m Jennifer Rock, aka The Skin Nerd I’m delighted to be working with Irish Cancer Society today to debunk some serious myths around skin protection, tanning and sunbeds. Don’t believe a word of it! Don’t believe a word. Here in Ireland we love complaining about the weather but our skin can be damaged *even* on cloudy days. If the sky is isn’t clear or the sun isn’t splitting the rocks many people seem to think that UV rays are not something we need to worry about. Nah uh! Not true! The Irish Cancer Society conducted a study which found that Ultra-violet levels across Ireland were high enough to cause…

  • Check-Up: Detecting Skin Cancer (Deanna Rucano, NP)
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    Check-Up: Detecting Skin Cancer (Deanna Rucano, NP)

    When we see patients in primary care, a skin assessment is part of our routine. We definitely want to ask the patient if they have any new areas that are concerning. Any moles that have changed in size and color and in texture, if they’ve gotten larger. Have you experienced any weight loss? Has that particular area that’s bothering you, has it felt different? Is it itchy? Is it painful? If we decide that these are trouble areas, we can refer our accordingly to dermatology if we do think that we are visualizing something that could be cancerous. Different types of skin cancer do have specific characteristics, and we can…

  • Experts say Mainers show increased risk for skin cancer
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    Experts say Mainers show increased risk for skin cancer

    AT WHY WE STRUGGLING WITH THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF CANCER. CRACKS HUNDREDS OF NEW CASES ARE POPPING UP EACH YEAR. DR. SAY YOU SHOULD CHECK YOURSELF. A SURGEON SPECIALIZING IN SKIN CANCER SAYS SUSPICIOUS LOOKING MOLES CAN SHOW UP AT THE MOST UNUSUAL TIMES.>>YOU CAN GET MELANOMA IN THE PALMS OR SOULS OR THE NAIL BEDS AND DARKER SKINNED PEOPLE.>>THEY FIND 400 NEW CASES EACH YEAR.>>THEY THINK ARE WINTER IS SO LONG.>>GIVEN THE STATE MAKEUP, MANY ARE AT RISK.>>THEY HAVE A FAIR SKINNED POPULATION AND THAT IS ALSO A BIG RISK.>>KEEP AN EYE ON ANY SKIN CHANGES. SYMMETRY, ORDER, COLOR. THOSE ARE ALL POSSIBLE SIGNS OF MELANOMA.>>TRYING TO PLAN…

  • Dr. Jay Smith Discusses Depth of Melanoma & Treatment Options
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    Dr. Jay Smith Discusses Depth of Melanoma & Treatment Options

    – We often get questions about the treatment options for melanoma. Melanoma treatments are based upon the depth of the tumor. This is measured in something called the Breslow depth. The earliest stage of melanoma is melanoma in situ. The Breslow depth for melanoma is not important because it’s isolated to the very top layer of skin. That allows us to use treatment options such as surgery in our office, and potentially the utilization of Mohs surgery. When we look at a melanoma that has a Breslow depth of less than one, that tumor is considered invasive, and we can still typically treat it in the office with wide local…

  • Annual Skin Cancer Checks are Vital to Health
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    Annual Skin Cancer Checks are Vital to Health

    Every day nearly 10,000 people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer as Matt Molloy explains a local woman is sharing her diagnosis to encourage others to get checked.>>As a public relations adviser for Rochester Regional Health Veronica Chiesi Brown is usually the one asking patients to share their stories.>>I’ve never put myself in that position, like what if that was me?>>Her story began in May when she found what looked like a pimple on her forehead.>>You see something on her face and here I’m thinking, “Oh great I’m like revisiting my 20s and I have acne everywhere.>>At first she was hesitant to get it checked.>>I’m very stubborn about…

  • Understanding Skin Cancer, Part 3: Risks Associated with Family History
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    Understanding Skin Cancer, Part 3: Risks Associated with Family History

    (music) (music) I think in melanoma especially, if someone has a history of melanoma, they’re first degree relatives – they’re risk essentially doubles. So, here in America our risk of developing melanoma is approximately 2%, so having a parent or sibling with melanoma essentially doubles your risk to 4%, which is not insignificant. With regards to basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer, the odds are essentially 20%. One in five Americans will develop a basal cell carcinoma in their lifetime, so these are very common cancers. (music) (music) (music)

  • Melanoma Myths – Skin cancer isn’t serious. Just cut it off!
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    Melanoma Myths – Skin cancer isn’t serious. Just cut it off!

    Unfortunately it’s a common myth that skin cancer is a simple thing – you can cut it out and you’re cured – but we’ve seen many patients where unfortunately the cancer is too advanced by the time of diagnosis. It’s metastasized or spread to their lymph nodes or internal organs and it’s unfortunately not as simple as cutting it out and being cured. There is many treatment options available now.