DARK-SKINNED PEOPLE GET SKIN CANCER TOO

Some people might assume that, because they have dark skin, they should not worry about skin cancer. The fact is, however, that African-Americans and others should have their skin checked regularly. While melanin (skin pigment) does offer people with dark skin some natural protection against harmful ultraviolet rays and sunburns, too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Among African-Americans and Asians, malignant melanoma is most commonly located on hands and feet. Basal cell carcinoma is most common among Hispanics and Asians and second most common among African-Americans and South Asian Indians.  Squamous cell carcinoma is most common among South Asians and African-Americans and is usually found on the legs or the genital areas.

Regardless of your ethnicity, you need to protect your skin from exposure to harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors and avoiding prolonged exposure to the midday sun.  Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 if you notice an unusual mole or lesion on your skin.  We incorporate the most advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for skin cancer.  Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist 

P.S. Basal cell carcinomas appear as a growing bump with blood vessels, which tend to bleed easily. In ethnic populations, they may be dark brown or black.

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SEEKING FULFILLMENT

The use of “dermal fillers,” which are injected into the skin to replace lost volume and soften facial lines, are skyrocketing in popularity. Chief among the injectable fillers is Juvéderm, which smoothes wrinkles and folds around the mouth. Its active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the body that binds to water to create volume. Also very popular is Restylane, which is used to treat facial wrinkles and folds around the mouth and is also FDA-approved for adult lip enhancement. Radiesse, composed of calcium hydroxyl, is used to treat deeper lines (such as the ones around the mouth), and Sculptra is injected more deeply to treat hollow cheeks and the loss of facial fat.

How you feel about your appearance can affect your self-esteem and how you interact with people.  If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of lines and wrinkles, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation of your skin and a discussion of your personal objectives.  We offer Juvederm fillers, Botox treatments, and chemical peels.   Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. The increasing popularity of dermal fillers can be traced to their effectiveness and patients’ desire for non-surgical intervention.

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