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Treating deadly skin cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 5/22/2014 7:00:00 AM

Dr. Sumeet Bhatia is a medical oncologist and a certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma develops when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

"Melanoma may be the deadliest form of skin cancer, but when it is diagnosed early, melanoma can usually be cured with surgery," said Dr. Sumeet Bhatia, medical oncologist at Community. "We want to treat this cancer before it spreads (metastasizes) throughout the body to the lymph nodes, lungs and liver. That is usually when I, as a medical oncologist, get involved.”

There are four main types of melanoma and each is found on different parts of the body: continue reading ...

Tags: melanoma | Posted in: Dr. Sumeet Bhatia , Skin Cancer

Don't fry, reapply

Written by Community Health Network on 5/21/2014 10:45:00 AM

Sunny or cloudy, the UV rays can burn. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before being exposed to the sun and reapply every two hours for the best protection.

Reapply sunscreen to avoid skin damageDermatologists recommend lotion over sprays because they provide more even coverage. If you are planning to use a spray, rub the lotion in and be persistent about reapplication.

Look for these factors in your sunscreen:

  • SPF 30
  • "Broad-spectrum" to protect from both UVA and UVB rays
  • Water-resistant continue reading ...


Cancer answers: What is melanoma?

Written by Community Health Network on 5/5/2014 7:00:00 AM

 Melanoma begins in the cells that produce pigment (melanocytes), which is why melanomas are often a multi-colored mix of tan, brown, black or blue. The pigment cells help protect the deeper layers of your skin from the sun.

When UV rays from natural (sun) or artificial (tanning beds) sources damage the DNA in skin, this can affect genes that control cell division and growth. When these genes don't work properly, melanoma may form. continue reading ...


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