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
Dermasweep: This procedure “sweeps” the dead dry skin off your face, leaving your skin feeling so smooth. Having this procedure every 3-4 months stimulates collagen and adds vitamins deep into the skin’s cells. A really good exfoliating treatment.
IPL: A light that uses heat to get rid of uneven pigment in the skin, can also be used for broken red veins on the face. Most patients need multiple treatments. Leaves skin with a more even tone.
CO2 Deka Dot Laser: “Take years off your face in one hour”. This treatment is for the patient that has had lots of sun damage resulting in pigment, lines and wrinkles, or has scarring from an accident or acne. This procedure also known as skin resurfacing. It takes the top layer of skin off and excites the collagen beneath the skin. The collagen then rebuilds which “plumps up” areas such as lines and wrinkles which fills in the lines and wrinkles making them less visible. By resurfacing the skin, imperfections and scars are lessened. The Deka Dot laser’s advanced technology is more precise than older technologies and significantly reduces discomfort and down time usually associated with previous generation CO2 Lasers.
Retin-A: Helps repair damaged skin tissue, as well as keeps cell turnover working quicker. CDI sells several excellent Retin-A products and our Aesthetician can recommend the one best suited for your skin.
Omega-3: As we age, our cells lose moisture. Omega 3 strengthens cells while keeping them moist.
Vitamin C: A very powerful antioxidant which protects skin from free radical damage and slows down the aging process. CDI sells several excellent Vitamin C products specially formulated for the skin.
Water: Helps to flush out toxins in our bodies, as well as adds moisture to our cells. It is best to drink filtered, non-chlorinated water.