basal cell skin cancer pathology

[Skin Cancer Guide] Types of Skin Cancer & Treatment Options

Skin cancer is the most common cancer. Every year more people receive a diagnosis of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  The vast majority of skin cancers are a result of chronic and excessive sun exposure, specifically the ultraviolet rays from the sun.   About 90% of all skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet light exposure.  Most of the ultraviolet light exposure we get is from the sun, but tanning beds are an especially dangerous source of high-intensity ultraviolet light as well.

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Treatment for Wrinkles: Botox & Dysport [Neurotoxins]

“Neurotoxins” is a broad term used to encompass various forms of botulinum toxins, including Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin. At Dermatology of Philadelphia, we carry Botox Cosmetic and Dysport. What is botulinum toxin in Botox, Dysport & Xeomin? Botulinum toxin is a purified protein toxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Although it is a toxin, the doses used for medical treatment are so small that serious side effects have not been seen and would be unlikely to develop. For over thirty years, botulinum toxins have been used for both therapeutic and cosmetic applications. In facial aesthetics, small amounts of

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Kids Skincare: Best Nighttime Routines

As a mom, who happens to be a dermatologist, I get a lot of questions from fellow parents about how to care for pediatric skin, especially at bath and bedtime. I have two young sons, one of which has sensitive, eczema-prone skin, so I’m familiar with the importance of keeping a good routine. As a general rule, I tell parents to keep their kid’s skin care simple, and to develop a routine. This is key to avoiding parent fatigue and to help prevent child pushback and frustration. Even if your child has dry and sensitive skin, it is okay to

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A rash on your hands and feet – do you have pustular psoriasis?

Itching. Burning. Water intolerance. Joint pain. These are only a few of the symptoms that you may experience with psoriasis on the hands and feet if you have the variant with pustules. This first visit may be years after you have noticed your first pustule, your treatment delayed due to the embarrassment and psychological distress you feel by having a rash in such a visible location. What to do if you have pustular psoriasis  So you think that your rash could be psoriasis with pustules. What next? Here are a few steps we recommend you take if you suspect you

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skin cancer

[Skin Cancer] I Know What You Did Last Summer

People with a basal cell skin cancer have a 44% risk of another basal cell skin cancer in the next three years What does skin cancer look like?  Red spots and tan spots on the skin – how much sun exposure have you had? A look in the mirror this time of year can be a window into what you did this summer. If red spots, rough patches, freckles, tiny blood vessels, or a little sore that forms a scab are staring back at you in the mirror, it’s time for you to start thinking about ways you can protect

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New CDC Data: The Risk of a Severe Allergic Reaction after a mRNA COVID Vaccine is Extremely Low

In my completely anecdotal experience of monitoring hundreds of patients at COVID vaccine clinics the past few weeks, there was a common fear. The number one fear I’ve heard from people lining up is “am I going to have an allergic reaction?” Risks of Allergic Reaction to COVID Vaccine The answer, backed up by brand new data released from the CDC in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests the risk of anaphylaxis, a severe life-threatening allergic reaction, after an mRNA COVID vaccine is 0.0004%.  In other words, very unlikely. The CDC looked at data from more than 17

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COVID ARM OF PHILADELPHIA

A jab in the arm with a COVID vaccine has become one of the most coveted items in all of the land.  Today, 46 million jabs across the nation so far and counting.  One of my patients came to see me today in my dermatology practice in Philadelphia after her jab in the arm turned into what the internet has tagged “COVID ARM”- a red, itchy, thickened rash around the vaccine that takes its time showing up, usually about a week after the vaccine.  COVID ARM is not a routine injection site reaction.  Those are common after a COVID vaccine

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We learned a new word one year ago. And a few more since.

About this time last year we were learning about a new virus– and a new word that would change our world. It was February 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization came up with the word that quickly moved to the tips of all of our tongues, COVID. The first case officially noted in the United States was on January 21, 2020. What we didn’t realize a year ago, in February 2020, was that the very next month, March 2020, would be the moment all 50 states had reported cases of COVID-19. Now, there are more than 26 million confirmed

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