For years the mainstay of treatment for Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers) has been surgery. While Colorado Dermatology Institute continues to offer surgical options to treat the ever-increasing numbers of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers they are excited to offer patients a non-invasive treatment option.
“As part of our Comprehensive Continuum of Skin Cancer Care, we are proud to be the only Dermatology clinic in Southern Colorado to offer Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) to our patients with select basal and squamous cell carcinomas,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.
With a cure rate of 95% for select Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers, treatment with the SRT-100™ is performed in the clinic to treat lesions on the head, neck, eyelids, lips, mouth, nose, ears, arms, legs, back and trunk in just minutes!
“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition distinguishes practices that communicate, collaborate and integrate care in ways that patients want and that improve quality,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the team at CDI for their achievement and for their commitment to continuous improvement.”
To maintain their Level 3 Recognition, CDI must continue these best practices. To do so, CDI’s procedures, philosophy and its commitment to communication and coordinating care with other providers are designed to promote the best possible outcome for each patient.
“Being recognized by the NCQA is such an incredible feeling and knowing that we were the first dermatology clinic in the nation to receive PCSP Level 3 recognition is truly an honor. This wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O. of CDI. “Our team strives to ensure that every patient that comes through our doors feels that sense of quality patient care that we aim to provide every single visit.”
Should you change your skin care regimen from season to season? Colorado Dermatology Institute’s Dr. Reagan Anderson says “Absolutely. It’s important to protect your skin from sun damage even in Spring’s mild weather.”
Here are a few of his expert tips on how to keep your skin healthy and healthy this spring:
Choose the Right Skin CleanserDry skin typically comes with the change of weather and less moisture, so you’ll want to use a cream-based cleanser with Glycerin to create an additional barrier of moisturizer.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!We encourage our patients to use a quality moisturizer and when going outdoors, always use a sun block which contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (or both) with a minimum SPF 30- this is a great way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Continuing to protect the delicate skin on your lips is just as important. Colorado Dermatology Institute recommends using a lip balm containing sunscreen.
Apply Lip Balm Regularly
About Dr. Anderson
Dr. Reagan Anderson is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) who specializes in general Dermatology and in Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO.
An estimated 9,940 melanoma deaths occur each year in the U.S. alone. That’s approximately one death every hour from. A shocking realization, especially when you live in such a sunny and outdoor driven state such as Colorado.
“By taking part in research projects, the Colorado Dermatology Institute (CDI), is not only helping to develop new treatments and protocols, but it also assures patients that they will have access to the most effective treatments available,” said Reagan Anderson, D.O.
One such treatment is known as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. Mohs Surgery is highly precise and the most effective method for removing the visible tumor. It also allows the specially trained doctor to see the surface and the roots of the skin cancer.
“This is important because skin cancer is much like a plant in that what you see on the surface can be just the tip,” said Anderson. “What can’t be seen by the naked eye are the roots of the skin cancer that must be removed to be sure that the cancer will not grow back in the same spot.”
Here are a few tips for preventative measures you can take to limit your chances of developing skin cancer:
- Perform a skin self-exam once a month
- Check skin immediately after a shower/bath
- Use a well-lit room, full-length and a hand-held mirror
- Learn where your birthmarks, moles and blemishes are
- Know what they usually look and feel like
- Have someone help examine hard-to-see areas regularly
- Everyone can expect to get acne at least once during their teenage years. Although acne is most common in teenagers, all people have the potential to develop it regardless of race, age or gender. This is because a variety of factors may contribute to the appearance of acne
- Treating acne early helps prevent scaring. Scaring is a common result of acne when the person mistreats the affected area. Best practices are to avoid picking lesions, and consult a dermatologist.
- Women are more susceptible to acne during pregnancy. This is due to an increase in hormonal activity. It also means that women are susceptible to it at other times as well, including about one week before their menstrual cycle, and when beginning or stopping the use of birth control pills.
- Washing your face excessively can actually make acne worse. It is important to wash your face regularly, however, washing it more often does not make acne go away more quickly. In fact, it could lead to irritation, and dryness, which will cause your acne to worsen. Wash your face no more than twice a day, or as directed by a dermatologist for best results.
- Acne is not caused by diet Although a well-balanced diet is recommended for the health of your skin overall, scientific studies have shown no direct link between diet and acne. These studies include the consumption of such foods as chocolate, pizza, and other foods thought to contribute to acne.
- Cosmetics and skin products can cause acne to get worse The use of cosmetic products can lead to clog pores, preventing the natural oils that are produced by the skin’s glands from draining, which leads to further skin irritation.
- Getting extra sun doesn’t help your acne Sun does not improve your acne. Studies have shown that ultraviolet radiation actually worsens your acne.
- It is very important to give acne medication time to work. Just like any other medicine, acne medication should be used as directed, and for as long as directed. Not using acne medication in this way could result in it failing to work. Even if you do not see results at first, you should continue to use the medicine as directed.
- Choose sunblock which contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (or both) instead of sunscreen. Sunblock has broad-spectrum protection which means it physically blocks UVB as well as UVA rays, whereas sunscreen uses chemicals to absorb the sun’s rays. These chemicals can cause irritation to people with sensitive skin.
- Also, sunscreen needs to be applied about 20 minutes before going out into the sun. Sunblock, by contrast, physically blocks the sun’s rays with only a couple of active ingredients, and is effective immediately. This is why sunblock is a more effective choice over sunscreen.
- Wear lip balm. Your lips can get sunburned just like your skin can, so apply lip balm. Most lip protection products are effective. Some cosmetic lip products, like lip gloss and some lipsticks, can actually protect your lips from the sun’s rays, but other products, such as shinny lipstick with no color can actually direct the sun’s rays to your lips. Try to avoid those products.
- Remember to bring plenty of water and cover up your skin as much as possible, including with hats and sunglasses, and to take advantage of the shade when you can.