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Startling Rise in US Melanoma Incidence

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Melanoma has a higher incidence rate in Minnesota than you would think (Photo courtesy of EPA.gov)

According to the CDC, a startling increase in the number of cases of melanoma has been seen over the past 30 years. Data shows that from 1982- 2011 the number of cases of melanoma doubled from 11.2 to 22.7 per 100,000 people. The annual incidence is expected to peak at 112,000 new cases of melanoma by 2030.

The survival for those diagnosed with early stage melanoma is good: greater than 90% of those diagnosed with early melanoma are expected to survive 10 years. Unfortunately, the survival rates of those diagnosed with advanced or metastatic melanoma are very poor.  The 10 year survival for stage 4 melanoma is only 10-15%.

There may, however, be many new therapeutic options for the treatment of advanced melanoma that will hopefully improve outcomes. Since 2011, the FDA has approved eight new agents to treat metastatic melanoma.

Still, the main message of melanoma experts is prevention. The earlier an atypical skin lesion is caught and removed, the higher the rate of cure and survival. Please remember to schedule your regular full skin exams and perform self-skin exams monthly.

Our team at Tareen Dermatology is proud to participate in the cure for melanoma at the Twin Cities Miles for Melanoma Walk this year on August 13th. Don’t worry, we’ll be walking with sunscreen!

 

Natural Treatment Strategies for Rosacea

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Green tea has been shown to reduce inflammation (Photo courtesy of wisegeek.com)

Rosacea, a chronic vascular condition leading to redness, sensitivity, and broken blood vessels on the face, is very common in Minnesota. Here are a few natural ingredients to look for in skin care products to help manage your rosacea 
1. Niacinamide:  This is a B vitamin that decreases inflammation. Oral niacinamide dosed at 750 mg a day with a copper and zinc supplement was shown in a study to benefit 75% of users at 8 weeks. Topical niacinimide has also been shown to reduce the burning associated with rosacea.
2. Licorice: Licochalcone A (licorice extract) has been shown to help improve the stinging, tingling, and tightness associated with rosacea. Studies have shown that it takes at least 8 weeks for licorice extract to show an improvement.
3. Green tea: Catechins are the main anti-inflammatory ingredient in topical green tea. In studies, both oral and topical green tea have been shown to decrease the inflammation associated with rosacea.

Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota embraces a natural, yet scientifically accurate approach to skin care. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues urge you to try these organic remedies for rosacea today!



Foods for Clear Skin

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We already know that two main foods have been shown to flare acne: Dairy and foods with high glycemic indexes (ie white bread, pasta, potatoes).  These foods increase hormonal and oil production and also spur inflammation.

New data shows there are foods to incorporate in your everyday diet to help minimize inflammation and maximize a clear complexion:
1. Probiotics: These are found in yogurt, saurerkraut, and pickles. Probiotics encourage healthy bacteria to grow in your digestive system.
2. Omega-3 Fatty-Acids: These are found in salmon and walnuts. These good fats help fight inflammation and also hydrate the skin from the inside.
3. Zinc: Individuals with lower levels of zinc have been found to have more severe acne.
A healthy diet will make you feel good and make your complexion glow!

 

The Best Way to Shave

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For men who are going for the clean shaved look, it’s important to consider these tips. (Photo courtesy of the GroomingArtist.com)

Many men are prone to ingrown hairs. The scientific term for this condition is called “pseudofolliculitis barbae.”

Ingrown hairs in the beard area result from small, shaved hairs curling back into the skin. The embedded hairs then form a bump. These bumps can get inflamed, infected, and eventually lead to scarring.
The easiest treatment is to stop shaving. According to experts, ingrown hairs spontaneously release after 1 centimeter of growth. Dr. Tareen and her colleagues frequently write letters of medical necessity for patients’ jobs that document their necessity to limit shaving.
Some men may desire or need a clean shaven appearance. Below are great tips to help prevent ingrown hairs:
1. Use a single- blade razor:  Single blade razors shave less closely and prevent small hairs from curling into the skin. Razors should be replaced every five to seven shaves.
2. Use electric clippers: Clippers are another great option. The blade setting that allows 0.5-1mm of stubble tends to be the most effective at limiting ingrowns.
3. Shaving technique is important:  Before shaving, men should wash with a mild cleanser using a gentle circular technique to free any embedded hairs. During shaving, a moisturizing shave cream should be used. Shaving should always be done in the direction of hair growth.
4. Laser hair removal is a great option: Permanent reduction of hair is both cost and time effective when factoring in the cost/ time of shaving.
Gentleman who are still developing ingrown hairs should see Dr. Tareen. Prescription topical washes and creams can be effective at reducing ingrown hairs and scarring.

 

Is my water making me itchy?

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Dry, itchy skin is quite common to the brave individuals who live through Minnesota winters. However, did you ever think that your water could be making things worse? A new study reveals that having hard water is linked to eczema and increase itching in kids.

Researchers in England founds that children who lived in hard water areas (defined as calcium carbonate concentration of 258 mg/ L in the water supply) had up to a 5 times higher risk of developing eczema.  Scientists theorize that hard water alters the barrier function of the skin. This may allow allergens and bacteria into the skin, leading to itching.  It has yet to be shown if these kids’ eczema improved when a water softener was introduced, but these studies are pending.

Happy Holidays to all and thank you for the well wishes- new baby Khalil is almost 1 month old (and we will try not to expose him to any hard water!).

 

 

 

 

Even Having Normal Moles Quadruples Your Risk of Melanoma

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Atypical (Dysplastic) Nevi (courtesy of WebMD)

A recent study in Great Britain compared approximately 300,000 individuals with normal moles to 10 million individuals with no moles and followed them from 1999 -2011.  Researchers found that the mole group developed 4.67 times more melanoma.  These melanomas were found both at the site of pre-existing moles and elsewhere on the body.

Dermatologists already know individuals with atypical moles (also referred to as dysplastic nevi) have an up to 27 times higher likelihood of developing melanoma than the general public. The British study is noteworthy as it demonstrates that even individuals with normal moles have a higher risk of melanoma.
A few other relevant facts discussed in the study include:
  • Approximately 50% of melanomas develop in pre-existing moles (thus even a mole you have had your entire life can change and become melanoma)
  • The greater that number of moles, the higher risk an individual has of developing melanoma
Thus, Minnesota dermatologist Dr. Tareen and her Roseville dermatology colleagues recommend daily sun protection, monthly self-skin checks, and yearly professional full body exams. Also remember, if a mole changes, it is time to call your doctor– melanoma is one cancer that is preventable!
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