By Dr. Vinh Chung Colorado’s 300 days of glorious sunshine and the high altitude come at a price. We have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country because of the intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Skin cancer, which is caused by an abnormal growth of skin cells, is the most common type […]
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If You Only Use One Product, Make it Your Sunscreen
There is a lot that can be said of the importance of a well-planned skincare regimen. Facial cleansers rid the skin of harmful bacteria, serums provide antioxidant coverage and reduce signs of aging, and moisturizers keep the skin supple, soft, and smooth all year long. But nothing shares the importance of the single most essential […]
Pulling on the Same Oar
By David J. Archibald, MD FACS Wilbur and Orville Wright. Watson and Crick. Lennon and McCartney. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. History is full of examples of collaboration that have changed the world for the better. Unfortunately, the delivery of health care is often far from collaborative. Too often, the time and energy of coordinating […]
A Mile Closer to the Sun: Why This Increases Skin Cancer Risk
While everyone on the planet – no matter their skin tone, geography, age, or gender – is at risk of developing skin cancer due to prolonged and unprotected sun exposure, we in Colorado find ourselves especially susceptible to damaging UV (ultraviolet) radiation thanks to our extra mile above sea level. According to a report published […]
You Had a Skin Cancer. Are You Practicing Adequate Sun Protection?
By Dr. Renata Prado, Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon For patients who had one or more skin cancers, it can be frustrating that their rigorous and diligent sun protection will not guarantee that they will never have another skin cancer. It is often disappointing to come to your regular dermatology visit and have treatment […]
My Dermatologist Told Me I Have Skin Cancer. Now What?
By Dr. Renata Prado Board-certified dermatologist & fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon You receive a phone call from your dermatology practice that your biopsy results are back—it’s skin cancer. Now what? First of all, you are not alone. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in humans. In fact, skin cancer affects more people than […]
When a melanoma does not look like a melanoma
By Dr. Renata Prado Board-certified dermatologist & fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Every day, as a dermatologist who specializes in skin cancer, I educate my patients on the signs of the deadliest skin cancer–melanoma. Dermatologists and our patients learn to memorize the ABCDE signs of melanoma: Asymmetry Border irregularity Color variations Diameter over ¼ inch (6 […]