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The Importance of Skin Cancer Screening at any Age

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“I never used sunscreen when I was younger”, “That freckle has been there forever!”, “I didn’t realize I was able to have a yearly skin check with my insurance”.

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ABCDE of Melanoma

These are comments from patients that we hear everyday in our clinic. Many patients may not know the benefits of skin screening, or what to look for when they do at home skin exams. The great majority of patients do not know that skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in adults in the United States today. Each year, over three million patients with be diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers and over 75,000 will be diagnosed with melanoma. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are rarely fatal, although they can result in significant problems if left untreated. It is estimated that over 10,000 patients in the United States will die from melanomas in 2016.

Everyday at Tareen Dermatology, we diagnose and treat all types of skin cancers. Each skin cancer can be treated in a variety of ways, and we have resources to treat you. It is important for everyone to have their yearly skin checks and also be aware of what to look for at home.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full body skin exams for all adults over the age of 18, as well as for any younger patients who are at a higher risk for skin cancers. If you have a family history of melanoma, more than 50 moles on your body, or if you have had a significant amount of UV exposure you should be screened for skin cancers. During the full skin exam, your Provider will take a look at all of your skin from your scalp to the spaces in between your toes! If there are any lesions that look suspicious, they may recommend a biopsy. If you need a biopsy, the procedure is quick and easy as illustrated in this video. Biopsy results are usually provided to the patient within 14 days.

Between your in-office skin exams, it is important to also be checking your skin monthly to look for any changes. The ABCDE’s of melanoma provide a quick and easy guideline of “red flags” to look for with moles or freckles. Many patients will come in with concern about a freckle that is changing in appearance, or is suddenly painful, itchy or bleeding. If you notice that you have a lesion that matches any of the ABCDE’s, it is recommended to follow-up in clinic for a spot check.

Skin cancers can occur anywhere on the skin, and they can occur on all skin types and colors. In Minnesota we have one of the highest rates of melanoma in the country. It is important to protect your skin on a daily basis with SPF 30+ UV broad spectrum sunscreens, as well as visit your Dermatologist for a yearly check up.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a skin exam or spot check, please call our office at 651-633-6883or email us at appointments@tareendermatology.com.

 

 

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!



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!

Kids and Skin Cancer

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Kadynce was diagnosed with melanoma at age 2 (courtesy of ABC news.com)

A recent study indicates that children ARE at risk for the deadly skin cancer melanoma. Furthermore, the incidence of melanoma in children is on the rise.  Currently, melanoma accounts for up to 3% of all pediatric cancers and 6% of cancer cases in teens age 15 – 19 years old.  Unfortunately, the incidence is on the rise with statistics showing an increase in pediatric melanoma of 2% per year from the years from 1973- 2009.

In adults, the ABCDE criterion (asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolving) help distinguish cancerous from benign moles.  In contrast, new research in The Journal of the American Academy  of Dermatology (JAAD) indicates that melanoma in children tends to be non-pigmented, bleeding, and rapidly growing.

Given these ambiguous criterion, the diagnosis of melanoma in children is often delayed.  In the JAAD study, 86% of children less than 10 years old had a greater than 6 month delay in the diagnosis of melanoma.  This delay is theorized to be due to atypical presentation of the pediatric melanoma.

In short, if your child has a suspicious skin lesion that you are concerned about, please alert your pediatrician or dermatologist. Dr. Tareen and her Roseville, Minnesota dermatology colleagues are happy to evaluate and treat children. Melanoma is treatable if caught early and devastating if caught late!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stretch Mark Treatment – Minnesota Dermatologist

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stretch-mark-treatment-minnesota-dermatologyStretch marks (referred to as striae in medicine) are a frustrating problem for nearly everyone.  Some people experience very mild stretch marks during their teenage years, while others develop very prominent stretch marks after pregnancy or rapid weight loss.  The one thing that we all have in common is that almost everyone is bothered, to some degree, by their stretch marks.  Thankfully, most of the time, these marks are simply unsightly and not symptomatic.  They tend to develop after periods of rapid weight gain or weight loss (for example, during a teenage growth spurt, after a weight loss regimen, or during pregnancy.)  While the appearance of stretch marks tends to improve over time, they do not go away completely on their own.

There are a few treatments available at Tareen Dermatology in Minnesota that have been proven to produce improvement in the appearance of stretch marks. Topical creams, such as Lac Hydrin cream or Tretinoin cream, are available by prescription and can be applied at home.  These creams work by improving the texture of stretch marks over time.  For most patients, these are safe and easy to apply – but check with your dermatologist to see if they would be appropriate for you.

The next step in stretch mark treatment is to pursue laser therapy for stretch marks.  Laser treatments, such as the Fractional CO2 laser and the KTP laser, help to improve both the texture and appearance of stretch marks more dramatically than creams alone.  The Fractional CO2 laser works by resurfacing the skin, to promote the healthy development of new collagen on the scarred area.  The KTP laser diminishes the red appearance of stretch marks.  Tareen Dermatology in Minnesota offers both of these treatments for stretch marks to our patients.  Many of our patients have seen dramatic improvement in the appearance of unsightly stretch marks.

Minneapolis = long wait time to see a dermatologist?

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Average wait times for dermatology appointment in the US

A new study published by Merritt Hawkins reveals that the average wait for a new patient dermatology appointment in Minneapolis is 56 days! The only city with a longer wait time to see a dermatologist was Boston, at 72 days. In contrast, a new patient in Los Angeles, San Diego or Atlanta can see a dermatologist within 14 days (these are the cities with the shortest wait times).

At Tareen Dermatology, we always strive to see new patients with 1 week. Today, I had to discuss with a patient his diagnosis of invasive melanoma. Although the melanoma was invasive, we did catch it early and he will be 100% cured with further removal in our office. This gentleman was seen within 1 week of his primary doctor referring him. A delay of 56 days may have lead to further invasion and spread of his melanoma – a matter of life and death.

I pledge to all of my patients that if you are ever concerned about a skin cancer, I will get you in within 48 hours. It is my privilege to help care for my patients’ skin- keeping it healthy, youthful, and cancer free!

 

 

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