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Unlike many other diseases, we know what causes the majority of skin cancers –exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Despite this, skin cancer treatments ranked as the most commonly performed procedures by American Society for Dermatologic Surgery members in 2015 for the fourth year in a row – 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.
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News of the sudden death of beloved dermatologist Fredric (Fred to his friends) Sheldon Brandt on April 5, 2015 spread like wildfire among dermatologists and plastic surgeons around the world. It was a big shock to all of us who knew him, and a great loss to the field. Fred was a leading pioneer in injectable fillers and BOTOX®, having treated a crowd of well-heeled women and men who were determined to stay youthful for as long as possible. Dubbed “The Baron of Botox” by W Magazine, he has forever changed the field of dermatology and cosmetic medicine. He left his footprint on the way we look at facial aging in myriad ways, and he did it all with passion and a sense of humor.
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The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (asds.net) Launches the First At-Home Skin Cancer Exam Kit
Just in case you havent read about it, over 1 million new skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the USA – and to put that in perspective – the US has the greatest number of board certified dermatologists and dermatopathologists in the world by a factor of about ten! It is even more frightening to think of how many more are diagnosed outside of the US, and worse, how many go undetected entirely until it is too late. According to the ASDS, when detected early enough, skin cancer has almost a 100% survival rate at 5 years. However, the key here is EARLY DETECTION.