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Derm News Wednesday, July 28

Sunscreen Concerns Unfounded, Experts Say -MSN Health & Fitness

What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D -New York Times

Sun a risk for blacks, Hispanics, too -Chicago Sun-Times

Toddler With Rare Syndrome Wears ‘Second Skin’, Allowing Her to Play -FOX News

The 9 Aging Habits to Avoid -American Health and Beauty

Melanoma Most Deadly Form Of Skin Cancer -KDKA


Seborrheic Keratosis

As we all know, many skin changes come with age. One of them is called seborrheic keratosis, also known as senile wart, senile keratosis and, very eloquently, barnacle. What are these cumbersome lesions? Why do they occur? How can you get rid of them?

Seborrheic keratoses are colored superficial skin lesions. Although the cause in unknown, they occur more frequently in sunlight-exposed areas. They usually appear in middle or old age and are most often on the neck, back, chest and abdomen. In those over 64 years, the incidence of these growths is 88%, making it the most common benign tumor in older adults.

Seborrheic keratoses vary in size and tend to grow slowly. They may be round or oval, and may be skin-colored, brown or black. They usually appear stuck onto your skin, and may have a warty, waxy, scaling or crusted surface. They can arise on any skin surface other than the palms and soles but are most commonly found on the face and trunk.

Your doctor will diagnose seborrheic keratoses based on their clinical appearance. If your doctor is unsure, a biopsy can be done to rule out a more serious diagnosis.

Some variants of seborrheic keratosis:

*Stucco keratoses present as 1-4-mm gray to white scaly bumps. These are most commonly located on the arms and lower legs.

*Dermatosis papulosa nigra is a type of seborrheic keratosis that affects up to 35% of the African American population and is characterized by multiple, firm, smooth, dark brown to black bumps that are 1-5 mm in diameter. Lesions occur mainly on the cheeks and forehead, although they also may be found on the neck, upper back, and chest. Scaling, crusting, and ulceration do not occur. Lesions usually begin during puberty and are more common among females.

*Leser-Trélat is characterized by the sudden appearance of numerous seborrheic keratoses associated with an underlying malignancy. The most common associated malignancy is an abdominal cancer.

Seborrheic keratoses are not precancerous. Therefore, there is no need to treat them unless they are irritated, itchy or cosmetically bothersome. There are various treatment options if you choose to remove them

*Cryotherapy is the most common treatment since it is quick and effective. Your doctor will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the seborrheic keratoses. Your skin tends to heal nicely with little to no scarring, but the area treated might end up having a lighter skin color.

*Electrodessiction and currettage: your doctor will numb the area with a local injection of lidocaine. The lesion is cut from the skin with a curette (a sharp, spoon-shaped tool). An electrode is then used to treat the area with an electric current that stops the bleeding and destroys cancer cells that remain around the edge of the wound. The process is repeated one to three times to remove all the cancer.

*Shave biopsies are usually done when the lesion has an atypical clinical appearance and a malignancy, such as squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, is a possible diagnosis.

Originally written for DermHub

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Collison, Daniel W. “Seborrheic Keratoses: Benign Tumors.” Merck Manual Professional.

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Derm News Wednesday, April 7

Broad and Informative

April is National Rosacea Awareness Month -SkinInc

Do Anti-Aging Products Really Work? -CBS News

The Skincare of Nature: Papaya Reduces and Prevents Wrinkles -Natural News

For Those Who Want More Details…

Phase Three Clinical Trial Underway For Melanoma Vaccine -MyStateLine.com

More evidence ties acne drug to bowel disease -Reuters

Study suggests skin cancer is an unnoticed, growing epidemic -Norwich Bulletin

Derm News Wednesday, March 24

Broad and Informative…

How to Choose The Right Facial – Allure

Facial aging is more than skin deep –  EurekAlert

High dietary phosphate intake may increase skin cancer risk – DNA

Dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman, MD Brings Office to Patients – PR News Channel

Skin Cancer Specialists help screen, educate, treat and manage skin cancer – The Citizen

FDA Okays Acne Lotion – MedPage Today

Tanning Beds May Need New Warning on Cancer, FDA Says – BusinessWeek

Tanning salons burned by health care bill – CNN Smart Money

Researchers identify strategy for passing tanning bed legislation – EurekAlert

Health Care Bill Adds 10% Tax to Tanning – MyFOX8.com

Tanning Salon Owners Concerned About New Tax – ABC7

Link Between Tanning Beds And Cancer To Be Examined At Capitol Hill Briefing – PR Log

For Those Who Want More Info…

High Incidence of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer in the US – Cancer Consultants

Acne Drug May Aid Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV – AIDS Meds

A Big Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment Via Nanotechnology – Tonic

Derm News Monday, March 22

Broad and Informative

Down syndrome patients could unlock mysteries of aging -USA Today

IPhone app helps make the diagnosis -Daily Breeze

Top 5 Tips for Sizzling Skin in Cold & Windy Weather – PR Web

For Those Who Want More Info…

Acne Drug May Help in the Fight Against AIDS -BusinessWeek

Gene-Targeted Cancer Fix Could Be a Breakthrough – BusinessWeek

Melanoma Surge in Young Women Tied to Indoor Tanning -Online PR News