Of all different types of cancers, skin cancer is most common, accounting for 40% of all carcinoma diagnoses. More than 1 million nonmelanoma skin cancers are diagnosed each year, and approximately one person dies from melanoma every hour.

    Most skin cancers—even melanoma, the most serious form—can be treated successfully if detected early. The American Cancer Society recommends these skin examinations every three years for people aged 20-40 years, and annually for people 40 and over. Even better than treatable, nearly all skin cancers are preventable by limiting unprotected exposure to the sun.

    There are three types of skin cancers: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. Statistics show that men are twice as likely to have basal cell cancers and three times more likely to have squamous cell cancers. Melanoma accounts for about 4% of all cancers in both men and women, yet it is responsible for approximately 80% of all skin cancer deaths.

    Because of the protective effect of skin pigment, Caucasians are ten times more likely to develop skin cancers than African-Americans. For the same reason, the risk is especially high for people with fair skin that freckles or burns easily.

    Furthermore, as a rule, any change in size, shape or color of a mole is a major warning sign and is sufficient reason to be checked by a doctor. Screening for skin cancer is simple and easy, consisting of a visual inspection called a total cutaneous examination (TCE) of the patients body by a physician. During a TCE, doctors look for moles with the abnormalities such as: large size -more than 6mm in diameter, asymmetry, irregular border, and/or an uneven color patterns.

    Although early identification of melanoma is the primary goal of a TCE, this exam can also detect non-melanoma skin cancer and precancerous lesions. Adults at higher risk for melanoma should be particularly vigilant about skin cancer screening. This includes those with a family history of melanoma, adults with frequent sun exposure, those with a history of serious or frequent sunburn, especially during childhood, as well as people with more than 50 moles, or those with fair skin.


    Moles are any dark spot, growths or irregularity on the skin and in scientific term they are just clusters of melanin cells. Moles can occur in single spot or in groups in the form of dark or light, raised or flat. Plus, they can happen on any part of the body like face, neck, back and arms etc at any time.
    Generally, moles can be categorized in different ways. But, congenital nevi and dysplastic nevi are among those types that can lead to high risk of melanoma skin cancer.

    Moles are basically caused by clusters of melanocytes—skin cells that produce melanin. When these cells cluster together release melanin in high concentration and this large amount of melanin on the skin area cause the skin color changes. Melanin is a chemical responsible for giving our skin color.


    The first of its kind, Juvederm® VOLUMA™ is a hyaluronic acid facial filler specifically made to restore age-related volume loss in the mid-face (the cheeks, cheekbones and around the chin). Voluma uses hyaluronic acid, a sugar that occurs naturally in your skin, to instantly restore lost facial volume in the cheeks and contour the chin

    Voluma also combines with collagen and elastin to improve skin structure and elasticity, and create a smooth natural look. The results are instant, natural looking and can last 18 to 24 months. Plus there’s no downtime – most people resume normal activities immediately.


    The problem of acne is extremely embarrassing and distressing for anyone of all ages. Acne can develop at any age but it is most common among teenagers. The problem of acne can develop almost any part of the body, including face, neck, arms, back, the legs and the shoulders. Mostly acne is categorized in three parts; mild, moderate or severe.

    Acne is a health condition and the management for each of these stages varies significantly. The other thing is that the worse the acne becomes and the greater chance of acne scarring. Thus, in order to avoid acne scaring and to limit the bacteria on the skin, a comprehensive acne treatment is required. At Brentwood Dermatology, we adopt effective treatment approach to treat acne. From mild, moderate to severe conditions, we provide latest acne treatment options to manage your acne condition and reduce the risks of infection, as well as permanent scarring.

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