May is Melanoma Awareness Month. May 4th is Melanoma Monday. It is a month where we will be sharing stories and awareness of this deadly disease. The Melanoma Research Foundation has a campaign called #GetNaked . You simply get naked in front of the mirror and do a self skin exam. They are encouraging everyone to share. By sharing the link of this post, the image will show up in your share.
Dr. Mejia will be on WPBF25 News on Monday to speak about melanoma. So if you are local in the Palm Beach area, stay tuned in the news.
If you are on Twitter, on Monday, May 4th the non-profit, Aim At Melanoma will be having a Twitter chat at 8PM EST. All you have to do is follow the hashtag #melanomamonday all day and especially at 8PM where they will be discussing the Melanoma Tissue Bank.
A friend of Dr Mejia’s in Dallas shares her melanoma story. Her daughter was brushing her hair one day and found a spot in her scalp thinking it was hair dye. Her mother had her take a picture of it and went to the dermatologist the next day who immediately did a biopsy and was then diagnosed with melanoma.
Dr Mejia urges everyone to know the ABCD’s of melanoma symptoms so you are educated ahead of time in case of an unforseeable situation just like what happened to Lynn. Her hairdresser had seen that spot for five years and didn’t think it was anything abnormal.
In this video, Dr. Mejia explains the symptoms of melanoma and the brochure above gives you a good visual so you know how to spot.
Melanoma nail beds are a rare type of skin cancer that can often go misdiagnosed in those who keep nails covered in polish. As our practice takes a hair to toe approach, we recommend removing polish prior to your annual skin check for the best evaluation and prevention of skin cancer.
They are typically diagnosed later in life (ages 40-70) and can be easily mistaken for nail bed trauma, bruising under the nail, or nail fungus. Such nail abnormalities should be watched closely to ensure a melanoma does not get missed.
Melanoma nail beds tend to be thicker when diagnosed when compared with other melanomas, making treatment more in depth. The Skin Cancer Foundation has developed the CUBE acronym to help know what to look for and when to go see a specialist:
B-Bleeding under the nail/ Beefy red tissue
D-Delay in healing beyond 2 months
Let us know if you have any questions about the health of your nails.
Solar Keratosis also known as Actinic Keratosis are precancerous cells that have a possibility of developing into Squamous Carcinoma.
It is important to keep an eye on any symptoms and take care of these is because over time you are taking prevention from developing another skin caner. At Jupiter Dermatology we have a plethora of preventative therapy with various different treatments in an effort to reduce the amount of precancerous skin cells that exist on the face, arms, chest, back and other multiple areas they can be found.
The treatments for Solar Keratosis or Actinic Keratosis to help reduce the precancerous cells are some of the following:
Photo Dynamic Therapy (Explained in detail in this blog post)
Creams available at Jupiter Dermatology
Dr. Mejia tells his patients to think of their skin as a car engine. Many people do treatment once and think it will be enough. However if you want to keep your car in good condition, you must check the oil often times throughout the year. The same applies to your skin, depending on your history and the procedures you have done. You and your dermatologist have to decide how many times it is necessary to check your skin. It may be only once a year or it may have to be four times a year, but it is in your best interest to have your skin as a top priority.
To prevent the progression of Solar Keratosis into Squamous cell carcinoma, at Jupiter Dermatology we advocate preventative and aggressive treatments in order to reduce that risk so hopefully you do not need to have surgery in the future.
Skin cancer is no joke. Hugh Jackman recently shared an Instagram picture of his nose bandaged from a skin cancer surgery. He urged his fans to wear sunscreen. Luckily, he got it checked on time after his wife urged him to. It was basal cell carcinoma. This was the second time Hugh Jackman skin cancer was diagnosed. See below the Instagram picture from November, 2013.
If the Wolverine can get skin cancer so can you. No one can escape the damaging rays of the sun. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and can be prevented by just simply wearing Sunblock SPF 30 daily and protective clothing. There are an estimated 2.8 million cases of BCC diagnosed in the US each year. In fact, it is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. It shouldn’t be taken lightly: this skin cancer can be disfiguring if not treated promptly.
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It is important on the nose to preserve normal tissue margins utilizing the Mohs technique. This gives you a higher cure rate and lower chance of recurrence. Immediately following the Mohs, Dr Mejia does the plastic surgery reconstruction as is demonstrated on this patient in the video below. This is the type of result that is similarly done on the nose like Hugh Jackman. Continue reading “Hugh Jackman Skin Cancer & Urging Fans To Be Safe”→
Every year, May 5th is Melanoma Monday. In an effort to educate the public on this deadly disease, The American Academy of Dermatology has created some public service announcements to educate you in early prevention.
Here are Melanoma statistics:
On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2014, it is estimated that 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
Melanoma is the most common cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old
When caught early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.
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The American Academy of Dermatology also has created an online quiz to Spot Skin Cancer to test your knowledge. Prevention is key. If you see any signs, please get checked right away. Dr. Mejia is a Mohs skin cancer surgeon and one of the only MD’s in the nation that is Board Certified in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Be safe and stay covered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Although small in number, melanoma in children has risen by two percent between 1973 and 2009 from a total of less than 250 a year to about 500 now.
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, these are the warning signs for pediatric melanoma:
Skin: A bump that itches and bleeds.
Blemish: Any blemish that looks like a wart, without pigment or a pinkish color
Lesion: Lighter colored amelanotic lesions.
Moles: Any odd-looking moles, especially those larger in size.
Different: A mole that looks different from your child’s other moles.
Info: Remember these easy clues to moles that may be problematic: asymmetry, border irregularity, color, diameter (larger than 1/4 inch) and elevation.
The Houston Chronicle shared a story of a six year old girl who was diagnosed with pediatric melanoma. At first, they thought it was a wart or a pimple, but when it did not get better after treatment, the Doctor found that it was Melanoma. Thankfully, she is now in remission.
Unfortunately, melanomas in children do occur and for this reason, it is important to protect your children’s skin. Most importantly, avoid sunburns as this can increase the risk. This is the purpose of the Hunt for Melanoma campaign. It is an opportunity for us to be aware of what a melanoma looks like and take a close inspection of the moles on our body. View the ABCD’s and a downloadable brochure to get your first hand education on melanomas.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is the presentation that Dr. Mejia did at the Dr. Oz event at the Gardens Mall on skin and hair health.
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