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What does ABCDE and skin cancer mean to a dermatologist?


March 31st, 2016 | Uncategorized

When performing a physical examination of a mole, Dr. Nakatsui, a board certified dermatologist, is looking for certain features in a mole.  Among other features, Dr. Nakatsui is looking for the ABCDEs in a mole.
A – Asymmetry:  Unhealthy moles tend to be irregular in shape or non-circular.
B – Border:  Problematic moles will have irregular, uneven borders.
C – Colour: Healthy moles are generally uniform in colour.  Worrisome moles can contain multiple colours such as reds, blues, browns, whites, and even very dark moles can be worrisome.
D – Diameter: Worrisome moles are usually larger than 6mm in size, typically the size of a pencil eraser.
E – Evolving: When a mole begins to change it’s size, shape, colour, or begins to bleed, it is time to get it checked out.
Dr. Nakatsui strongly believes that having a yearly mole evaluation is an important part in your skin health, and negligence by one’s doctor is considered malpractice, according to medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia.  In the interim, doing a monthly self evaluation is extremely beneficial.  Having a friend or family member assess your back is the best thing for those hard to see areas.  Taking photos every month of your moles with a ruler beside the mole can also help determine if there are any changes in a mole.
Please click the link to read a good article on Time magazine – http://time.com/4244568/melanoma-moles-skin-cancer/.
When in doubt, check it out!

One little-known way to prevent premature aging of the face: Use sunscreen whenever outside.


March 30th, 2016 | Uncategorized

Sun exposure

The best way to prevent your skin from prematurely ageing is to apply sunscreen whenever you go outside!  Collagen deterioration is accelerated by the sun’s rays. The Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and the longer Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays of the sun penetrate into the dermis, causing the breakdown of collagen and the formation of wrinkles, as well as other signs of sun damage: dilated superficial blood vessels; pigment changes; and scaly patches.  Wearing a hat to cover your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes can also help protect you from the damaging effects of the sun.

Through the use of SPF’s over 50, you can potentially help slow down the signs of ageing and also decrease the chances of skin cancers such as Basal Cell and Squamous Cell carcinomas.  If you would like more information on how to slow down ageing of the face or you would like to look more youthful, please contact our clinic at (780)482-1414 for a complimentary consultation.

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