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Each October, the world ostensibly turns pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and by and large, these effortsâ€”and the money and attention they generateâ€”are making a difference. Â We know so much more about breast cancer risks, prevention and treatment today than we did in 1993 when Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the EstÃ©e Lauder Companies first started Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Here are some highlights:
Win No. 1: Mammograms Save Lives: Thereâ€™s Proof!
In 2019, about 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the US and about 41,760 women will die from this cancer, according to the American C
At long last, there is some good news for women.
Death rates from female breastÂ cancer fell by close to 40% from 1989 to 2015, largely due to earlier diagnosis and improved treatments including targeted therapies, according to the American Cancer Society. One area where we are making great strides is access to breast reconstruction. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation are leading the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign or BRADAYUSA campaign. To date, this campaign has raised more than $931,000 to support research, projects, programs and the charitable surgical care of women in need of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. In short, this
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Unlike many other diseases, we know what causes the majority of skin cancers â€“exposure to the sunâ€™s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Despite this, skin cancer treatments ranked as the most commonly performed procedures by American Society for Dermatologic SurgeryÂ members in 2015 for the fourth year in a row â€“ confirming the growing incidence of this disease.
The numbers of new cases may be rising, but many dermatologists are cautiously optimistic that we are making slow and steady progress on all fronts and are nearing the skin cancer tipping point.
Brian Zelickson, MD, knows his lasers. Zelickson, a Minneapolis-based dermatologist and founder of Zel Skin & Laser Specialists has been working with lasers and other energy-based devices for close to 20 yearsâ€”which places him well ahead of the learning curve. He has also served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, a distinction reservedÂ for the best, brightest, and most accomplished doctors in this dynamic field. Zelickson uses his expansive laser arsenal to treat vascular birthmarks, photo-aging, brown spots, lines, and wrinkles. He is also widely sought after for the treatment of scars due to his prowess with laser and energy-based devices.