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5 Reasons to See a Dermatologist for Mole Removal

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 5, 2022 10:54:24 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, Moles

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Many products and devices claim to remove moles at home or other non-medical settings. But are these methods really safe? 

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, our dermatologists, Dr. Mauoad and Dr. Gharib, believe that patients should think twice before removing a mole outside their dermatologists' office. There are many dangers and potential health risks associated with these mole removal methods, which is why our dermatologists do not recommend them. A dermatologist understands skin pathology and the depth of the skin, is trained to look for skin cancers and is trained with the proper technique to get the best biopsy specimen to determine what the mole is and any necessary treatment. Continue reading to learn more about five reasons to see a dermatologist for mole removal.   

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What to Expect When Getting a Mole Removed

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 7, 2022 11:16:40 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, Moles

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Moles are common dark spots that appear anywhere on the body. Most moles develop as small brown or black marks, but they can also form in various colors, shapes, and sizes. While most moles are harmless, others are cancerous and can lead to severe health risks if a dermatologist does not remove them.

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, located in Morgantown, West Virginia, our dermatologists have 28+ years of medical experience, including diagnosing moles and performing mole removal procedures. Continue reading to learn more about what happens when a patient gets a mole removed. 

 

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Why are Regular Skin Cancer Checks Important for Healthy Skin?

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 9, 2021 12:28:20 PM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer

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Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer? At the Dermatology Center for Skin and Health, PLLC, we believe that regular skin checks are imperative to anyone’s health because if skin cancer is caught early, it is generally curable.

Unfortunately, skin checks are examinations that often get overlooked. Even if you take great care of your skin and skin cancer does not run in your family, it can still affect you. Continue reading to learn more about why regular skin cancer checks are essential for healthy skin.

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Moles vs. Freckles: How to Spot the Difference

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 29, 2021 9:35:40 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, Moles, Freckles

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As summer fades into fall, you might be admiring the last few weeks of your hard-earned summer freckles. These harmless little brownish spots are caused by the overproduction of melanin, usually due to exposure to ultraviolet light. You probably notice a new freckle or two each year, but how can you tell if that little brownish spot is truly another harmless freckle or a questionable mole? Continue reading to learn more about how to spot the difference between a freckle and a mole.

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What Are the Beginning Signs of Melanoma?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 23, 2021 9:47:02 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, skin health, melanoma

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As we get older, we should expect to see our bodies change. However, it is essential to realize that specific changes that could be warning signs of melanoma. Changes like abnormal moles or blemishes can be difficult to find, but they are necessary to pay attention to. Keeping track of your skin’s appearance and quickly catching differences is vital to maintaining your skin's health. 

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. However, prevention and early detection are critical for successful inhibition and treatment. Read on to learn more about what melanoma is, how it can be identified, forms of treatment, prevention and more.

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Can I Prevent Skin Cancer in Addition to Sunscreen?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 21, 2021 10:36:04 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, skin cancer prevention

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As summer approaches, it’s important to remember to take proper precautions before going outside. Simple things like sunscreen and protective clothing can protect your skin from sun damage like skin cancer. Even though skin cancer is avoidable, it is the most common type of cancer, affecting more than a million Americans each year. Keep reading to see what you can do to build a proper defense against harmful sun damage and lower your chances of developing skin cancer. 

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4 Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 18, 2019 9:53:07 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, sunscreen, uvb rays

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The most common type of cancer is skin cancer. It affects more than one million Americans every year, leaving one in five American to develop skin cancer during their lifetime. If caught early, skin cancer can be treated. 

Skin cancer is the out-of-control growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost skin layer. Unrepaired DNA damage causes mutations to occur. The two leading causes of skin cancer are the sun's harmful UV rays and the use of tanning machines. Continue reading below for helpful tips to prevent skin cancer.

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What is the Difference Between Chemical Sunscreens and Physical Sunscreens?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 10, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer, skin care, sunscreen

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Summer is here! Make a splash, have fun in the sun by the pool with your friends. Pack all of your essentials, including sunscreen. Not sure which kind to purchase? Let us help you decide between choosing chemical sunscreen or physical sunscreen.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly five million Americans are treated for skin cancer; however, most skin cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

Read on to learn the difference between chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen, and find out which option is best for you. 

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Can Skin Conditions Affect Skin Cancer Detection

[fa icon='calendar'] May 16, 2019 4:10:46 PM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Skin Cancer

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Many individuals are affected by skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. These skin conditions typically are characterized by symptoms like red patches, itchy skin and white or silver looking scales. But, what if those symptoms are actually symptoms of or are masking skin cancer? Learn more about why these skin conditions can affect skin cancer detection, and why it’s important to receive a skincare diagnosis and skin cancer check by a certified dermatologist below.

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Moles on Children: 5 Signs Your Child’s Mole Should Get Checked

[fa icon='calendar'] May 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC posted in Preventive, Skin Cancer

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There are several skin lesions that are very common and non-cancerous like moles. However, some moles can turn into cancer. Knowing what to look for when checking your child’s mole can help catch any cancerous moles early. Read on to learn more about moles and signs your child’s mole should get checked.

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