• DermTV – How Often Should You Be Checked for Skin Cancer [DermTV.Com Epi #022]
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    DermTV – How Often Should You Be Checked for Skin Cancer [DermTV.Com Epi #022]

    [music] Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. I’m often asked by patients, how often should I get my skin checked for skin cancer? And it’s a very simple answer, if you don’t have any abnormal moles and if you’ve never had a history of skin cancer, then once a year, you should get your skin checked. Since we tend to forget when we’ve last done these things, I remind my patients the easiest way to keep track of it, do it the month of your birthday. If you’ve had abnormal moles, then you should get your skin checked every six months, and if you have had…

  • DermTV – Skin Cancer Statistics [DermTV.com Epi #203]
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    DermTV – Skin Cancer Statistics [DermTV.com Epi #203]

    [music] Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. As we approach the end of May, National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, there’s one more very important point I’d like to make about skin cancer. Melanoma is the only preventable cancer for which the mortality rate continues to increase. In the 30-year period, from 1975 to 2005 the death rate for melanoma has increased a dramatic forty-percent. It’s gone from 225 deaths per million Americans to 310 deaths per million Americans. What does that translate to you? Well in the year 2010 with 300 million Americans that means this year 9,000 Americans will die from melanoma or one approximately…

  • DermTV – Even Small Moles Can Become Skin Cancer [DermTV.com Epi #301]
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    DermTV – Even Small Moles Can Become Skin Cancer [DermTV.com Epi #301]

    [music] Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. I hope you’re all doing a skin self exam every month… and also having a complete skin screening exam for pre-cancers and skin cancers… by a dermatologist every year. People ask whether very small moles can turn into melanoma, but more importantly, if they can already be melanoma. The simple answer to both unfortunately is yes but the good news is that tiny melanomas are almost always 100% curable. To help you while you’re checking your moles, use the ABCDE rule to give you objective criteria to help you figure out if a mole’s suspicious, and if you then…

  • Wes Bonny’s Story
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    Wes Bonny’s Story

    Wes was no different to any other Australian young man. He played his cricket, his water skiing. Plus he’s down the beach – loved beaches. Like anyone, there’s times when you forget to wear sunscreen but he’d never go to the beach intending to get a tan. I saw getting a bit of sun, in inverted commas, as a good thing. You know, I thought that was healthy. When Wes was 23 he found a mole on his neck, which turned out to be melanoma. That was cut out, but the melanoma had spread to his blood stream. I just thought, ‘Get it cut out and you’ll be fine.’ You…