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Latest by Kevin Berman, M.D.

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Signs of Internal Organ Cancer On Your Skin

Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about growths on the skin that are not necessarily skin cancer, but are related to cancers on your internal organs. Many diseases, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, can have manifestations on the skin. Sometimes, ...

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Persistant Rash May Be a Form of Cancer

Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about a type of skin cancer that is different from an abnormal mole or lesion. Moles or lesions can usually be removed surgically. Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), however, is a skin cancer that resembles a rash rat...

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HPV Can Cause Skin Cancer, Too

Hi everyone. We spend a lot of time talking about skin cancers in sun exposed areas. Today I want to talk about a specific kind of skin cancer that is caused by a virus and not sun exposure. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most commonly d...

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Marijuana Might Help Cure Allergic Contact Dermatitis (a.k.a. Poison Ivy)

As most of us know, the medicinal use of marijuana is very controversial from a political and moral perspective. This is because marijuana is a drug that has both physiological and psychological effects that have convinced lawmakers that it should be ...

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Study says cathelicidin and SCTE are potential causes of Rosacea

Hi everyone. Today, we are going to deviate a bit from our usual discussion regarding skin cancer and talk about some new and exciting research regarding rosacea. Rosacea is a very common skin condition, usually affecting people with fair skin. The h...

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Basal Cell Carcinoma is not and will never be Melanoma

Hi everyone. I’d like to tell you about various skin cancers and where they arise in the skin. Specifically, I want to clarify why one skin cancer cannot turn into another type of skin cancer. Because many people know that basal cell carcinoma is not ...

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Can I Inherit Skin Cancer, If My Parents Had It?

Reader’s Question: My mother and father had skin cancer. Does this mean I will inherit skin cancer from my parents? Dr. Berman’s Response: This is a common question we hear as skin cancer is so common and many people become aware of their risk as the...

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Skin Cancer

Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about something I hope none of you have to encounter–the sentinal lymph node biopsy. This is a procedure done by surgeons in order to identify if high risk tumors have started to spread, or metastasize, in order to d...

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Pregnant Women, Kids and Skin Cancer

Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about new or changing moles in kids and pregnant women as these two groups tend to have moles of concern that bring them into the dermatologist’s office. Overall, dermatologists prefer not to perform procedures on ki...

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Mohs Surgery: What Will the Scars Look Like?

Hi everyone. Because so many Mohs surgery procedures are performed each year, I want to talk a little bit about Mohs surgery so you should know what to expect from the experience and how it can alter your appearance. Mohs micrographic surgery is name...