Medical Dermatology Services
The reality is that up to 90% of all skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays, and the effect is cumulative. Fortunately, most skin cancers are visible and can be diagnosed and successfully treated before they spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.Visit this section for information on types of skin cancers, tips for protection from the sun, and how we can help.
Generally, an individual's risk for developing melanoma depends on two groups of factors: intrinsic and environmental. Intrinsic factors are generally an individual's family history and inherited genotype, while the most relevant environmental factor is sun exposure. Learn how to check for the warning signs of a potential melanoma and how they differ from normal moles.
Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection, specifically by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious when in contact with the skin of an infected person. We have several simple and highly effective ways to make them quickly disappear.
Acne is one of the most common of all skin problems. Almost everyone will experience pimples or blackheads at some point in life. Acne affects millions of teenagers to some degree and even many adults, especially women. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest conditions to treat.
Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as "the itch that rashes," since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.
Rosacea (pronounced rose-AY-shah) is a condition that mostly affects the skin of the face - usually in the area where people blush. There are a number of symptoms, ranging from mild to more severe:
Psoriasis can cause irritating, embarrassing skin symptoms, but effective treatments are available. There are several different types of psoriasis, but the most common type is called plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis causes red, raised lesions (patches) that produce dead, flaky skin cells (scale).
The rash of shingles is caused by a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. This is the virus that causes chickenpox. The first symptoms of shingles are usually itching, tingling, or significant pain with just a light touch.