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  Frequently Asked Questions
the DermaWhat different types of skin problems are treated at The Dermatology Clinic?
  • Dermatologists are specialized, trained Doctors of Medicine with expertise in treatment of all aspects of disease of the hair, skin, nails, and mucous membranes. A variety of such conditions as psoriasis, eczema, hair loss, and acne are treated in addition to skin cancer.

How common is skin cancer?*

  • More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed in the United States annually.
  • There will be about 123,590 new cases of melanoma in 2011, and this number continues to increase yearly.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years of age.

(*source: American Academy of Dermatology)

Is skin cancer fatal?*

  • One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In 2011, it is estimated that there will be 8,790 deaths attributed to melanoma.
  • The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98%.
  • The five-year survival rate for melanoma that spreads to nearby lymph nodes is 62%.  The five-year survival rate for melanoma that spreads to distant lymph nodes and other organs is 16%.
  • Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have cure rates approaching 95% if detected early and treated promptly.

(*source: American Academy of Dermatology)

How are moles removed?

  • Depending on the type of mole, the size of the mole, and the location, there are many different modalities for mole removal.  More commonly than not, moles are surgically removed.  Again, this depends upon the size and location but may be excised in a way with or without suturing.

Do you treat severe acne with Accutane or its generic forms (isotretinion)?

  • Yes. Accutane is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A that is highly effective in treating severe cases of acne.  Unlike all other treatments for acne, Accutane provides a dramatic improvement in their complexion.  Because of the potential for side effects with Accutane, it is necessary to be closely followed with office calls and lab work as required by the risk management program approved by the FDA called iPLEDGE.
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