DO ANTIOXIDANTS EXACERBATE MELANOMA?

As a general matter, antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, and supplements are considered to be beneficial to health. These compounds (including vitamins A, C, and E, and beta-carotene, selenium, lutein, and lycopene) help prevent cell damage in the body by neutralizing the effects of highly reactive “free radicals” produced by oxidation. However, past research suggests that antioxidants may promote lung cancer, and more recent investigation indicates that free radicals may actually double the rate of melanoma metastasis. Unlike the lung-cancer studies, antioxidants did not affect the primary tumor. Instead, the antioxidant boosted the ability of the tumor cells to metastasize, which is a serious problem because metastatic melanoma is typically not curable with surgery.

Prior to adding supplements to your regular diet, be sure to consult with a medical professional. Some vitamins should be taken in restricted amounts subject to your health and medications you may be taking. When it comes to your skin, we are here to provide you with the best professional advice available.  It is never too early to address the condition of your skin. We look forward to assisting you.

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

P.S. Research involving antioxidants and melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) is now focusing on the question as to whether beta-carotene, vitamin E, and other antioxidants in sunscreens and suntan lotions might pose a metastasis risk as well.

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SOME GOOD NEWS

While it has been widely reported that the incidence of melanoma (the most aggressive form of skin cancer) among U.S. adults has increased over the past four decades, pediatric melanoma has been on the decline. Researchers found that, over a recent six-year period, the number of new cases of melanoma in children has decreased by 12%. It was also found that treatable melanomas on the trunk and upper extremities of children were increasingly being detected when they were most treatable. This downturn in cases of pediatric melanoma at the same time the adult cases of melanoma are on the rise indicates that parents are getting the message to protect their children’s skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

These days, more attention is being given to protecting young children’s skin against the harmful rays of the sun. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and preventive measures help ensure that it remains as healthy and cancer-free as possible. Regular checkups are important. To schedule an appointment, please call Elmhurst Dermatology at (630) 832-2111.

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

P.S. Pediatric melanoma is rare (five to six children per million), but the effects of excessive UV-ray exposure are cumulative and pose even a greater threat when exposure begins  at an early age.

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MEN LIVING ALONE FACE RISK

It seems that marital and habitation status can affect a man’s risk of dying from melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. According to recent research, single men of all ages face a higher fatality risk from melanoma than other patients partially because their cancer tends to be more advanced when they are diagnosed. Researchers also found that older women who lived alone often had more advanced melanoma at the time of diagnosis. However, their single status had no bearing on women’s melanoma survival rates. These findings clearly indicate the need to convince single men and older women to commit to more frequent comprehensive dermatological exams for earlier detection of melanoma.

Dermatologists recommend being proactive about your skin health by having a regular full-body skin scan for benign and cancerous lesions. By examining your skin from head to toe, front to back, a dermatologist can analyze areas of skin that you cannot see and diagnose a variety of skin conditions. Call 630-832-2111 to schedule a scanning appointment at ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. We will check your skin for lesions and areas of discoloration and monitor changes in your skin from year to year. New and established patients are always welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

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

P.S. In the absence of an observant spouse, partner, or friend, single individuals are less likely to spot signs of skin cancer on places of their bodies that are hidden from their view.

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ALARMING INCREASE IN SKIN CANCER INCIDENCE

Over a recent four-decade period, there was a nearly eight-fold increase in the overall incidence of skin cancer among middle-aged U.S. men and women. More specifically, the incidence of skin cancer among Caucasian, non-Hispanic adults ages 40 to 60 increased 4.5-fold among men and 24-fold among women. In particular, women between the ages of 40 and 50 showed the highest rates of increase seen in any group, while women aged 50 years and older displayed a significant increase in melanoma. Most attribute this increase to the popularity of tanning beds, beginning in the 1980s. If there is any good news to report, it is that the overall chances of surviving melanoma increased by 7% for each year of the study.
Although it is encouraging news that the chances of surviving melanoma have improved in recent years, skin cancer is still a serious threat to your well-being. You can help protect yourself by paying close attention to unusual changes in your skin. If you have any questions or concerns, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGYat 630-832-2111to schedule a consultation. We have many options for treating skin cancer and other skin conditions. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, where we welcome new patients. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

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

P.S. Melanoma affects 75,000 Americans and results in nearly 9,000 deaths annually.

 

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COMMON CONTACT DERMATITIS CULPRIT

Anecdotal reports involving tiny fissures and cuts on thumbs and fingertips have led to the discovery of a commonly used preservative as being the root cause. Methyliso-thiazolinone is an ingredient that is routinely used in products ranging from liquid soaps and shower gels to washing-up liquids, skin moisturizers, and even baby wipes. Manufac-turers of these products use methylisothiazolinone to prevent the growth of bacteria and yeasts; however, it has been found to cause allergic reactions in increasing numbers of individuals. The incidence of contact dermatitis (inflammation of the skin caused by contact with an irritating substance) due to methylisothiazolinone is so wide- ranging that the American Contact Dermatitis Society named it Contact Allergen of the Year in 2013.

If you suffer from contact dermatitis, the most important thing is to stop using whatever’s causing the reaction right away. This may be enough to fix the problem. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can also help ease inflammation. If you notice a change in your skin, please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Listening carefully to patients, explaining diagnoses and treatment options, and developing treatment plans in close consultation with patients is how we provide excellent dermatologic care. Our clinic is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7.

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

P.S. Discontinuing the use of products containing methylisothiazolinone will eventually lead to healing of skin showing symptoms of allergic reaction to the preservative.

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IDENTIFYING MOLES

While most adults have between 10 and 40 common moles, those with more than 50 common moles have a greater chance than others of developing a dangerous type of skin cancer known as melanoma. Most moles do not become cancerous; however, if the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes, or if it starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, the dermatologist should be consulted. It is considered a good idea for those with suspicious-looking moles to have their moles mapped. This involves having the dermatologist examine the patient’s skin from head to toe and chart the location, appearance, and size of each mole, making it easier to spot changes that can be early signs of skin cancer.

Melanoma is a serious form of cancer that can spread quickly but is curable if caught early. Melanoma is usually found on women’s legs. In men, it’s more common on the torso. To schedule a consultation, please callELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. All diseases of the skin, hair, and nails – from warts to skin cancer – are addressed in our clinic with close attention to detail. We are located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. A “dysplastic” nevus (an unusual, large, flat, asymmetric mole) is not necessarily cancerous, but is more likely to be so than a common mole.

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SUNSCREEN’S APPEAL TO VANITY

If concerns about developing skin cancer are not enough to get you to wear sunscreen, maybe an appeal to your vanity will. According to the first rigorous study of its kind, researchers found that year-round use of sunscreen delays aging of the skin caused by exposure to ultraviolet-light (UV) rays. While this finding may not come as a surprise to many, it is the first piece of research that lends scientific proof to the notion that use of broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVB and UVA rays) slows the aging effect of UV rays on the skin. The sunscreen used for the study had a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. The UV protection provided by sunscreen is multi-faceted.

As the body’s largest organ, your skin works constantly to protect the organs, regulate body temperature, and it reflects your overall health. If you notice or experience any changes to your skin, it’s best to see a dermatologist. Our goal is to provide only the highest quality, compassionate care for patients that need dermatologic care. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist

to the study mentioned above, adults who used sunscreen daily were 24% less likely to show increased aging regardless of sex, age, skin color, occupation, skin cancer history, weight, and smoking.

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ONCE BURNED, TWICE SHY?

The American Cancer Society reports that about 76,690 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and nearly 9,500 people are expected to die of the disease. Hearing these statistics, one might think that melanoma survivors would do everything they could not to become a member of the latter group. Yet, dermatologists are dismayed by new research showing that more than one melanoma survivor in four (27.3%) admitted to never wearing sunscreen when they go outdoors on a warm, sunny day for more than one hour. They do so in spite of the fact that the risk of a second primary melanoma is nine times greater among survivors than the risk of melanoma in the general population.

The warning signs of skin cancer may include changes in the surface of a mole, scales, bleeding, as well as tenderness, itchiness and pain. If you have any signs to suggest a skin disease, see a medical specialist. If you do not have a dermatologist at this time, we are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Just as some smokers continue smoking after a lung-cancer diagnosis, melanoma survivors may continue to expose themselves to UV radiation (the primary cause of melanoma) because they are addicted to sun exposure.

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MOTHERS WHO TAN THEIR DAUGHTERS’ HIDES

A recent small study provides some new insight into the tanning salon culture. According to the survey of over 200 young women between the ages of 18 and 30 years, nearly four women in ten said that their first experience with indoor tanning was with their mothers. In addition, these girls began tanning indoors two years earlier (14 instead of 16) than the others in the study and were almost five times more likely to be “heavy tanners” when they became college students. Of course, dermatologists would prefer that mothers better exert the considerable influence they have over their young daughters by directing them away from activities that promote skin wrinkling and skin cancer toward healthier endeavors, such as exercise.

Tanning beds and unprotected exposure to the sun can also lead to premature wrinkles and age spots. Seek guidance from your dermatologist regarding safe tanning alternatives. For additional information about skin cancer and its signs and symptoms, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. We provide all full breadth of dermatological services and most insurance plans are accepted.  Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist

P.S. In 2009, the World Health Organization declared that tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation are among the leading cancer risks, as deadly as cigarettes.

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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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