☀️ Please head over to @dermdrdempsey page to see this post in its entirety (7 slides total, including the first photo). #MelanomaKills so it is definitely worth a look! #MelanomaMonday#GetYourSkinChecked#SeeADermatologist#SkinCancerCheck#SkinCancerAwareness#ProactiveHealth — Repost from @dermdrdempsey using @RepostRegramApp - Happy Monday! 💓 Time to talk more melanoma. Swipe left to see some examples from my clinic. (All posted with patient permission). 💓 Dermatology is all about pattern recognition and paying attention to detail- all day long I check people’s skin over head to toe- and All day long I tell people- “look for spots that are changing, catching your attention or just different from your others”. 💓 Here’s the deal- melanoma comes in all colors, sizes and shapes- but it is a spot that will change and it is a spot that is different from the others. Please look yourself over and get in the habit of looking yourself over- get to know your spots! If something is off then get it checked by a board certified dermatologist. Caught early this cancer is highly treatable, caught late is a different story! Check check check and educate! ❤️
After much pestering and worrying, our friend listened to us and decided to FINALLY get the spot in his ear looked at by a dermatologist. Good thing! His rough, brown never-healing scab turned out to be precancerous and was promptly removed! 😱
The doctor reminded him that skin cancer can be found all over our bodies and be sure to be thorough when applying SPF. We are talking ears, fingers and toes and even the bottoms of our feet! The Sun Defense Mineral brushes are ideal for those hard to reach “nooks n crannies”. SPF is truly our BFF!
When getting reconstructive surgery it’s important to remember that things will get better! Feeling sad or depressed is normal and addressing those feelings is all part of the recovery process. Many patients come to me after getting #MohsSurgery to treat skin cancer and I always remind them that the hard part is already over. Like this patient referred to me for reconstruction of the wound on his chin. Although there was some redness, I was really happy to see the wound heal with minimal scarring and swelling. While plastic surgery is used to treat cosmetic problems, I found it most rewarding to see him leave not only with great results, but a positive outlook to his recovery. ✨
Planted Zinnia’s and Sunflowers around the chicken coop🌻🐓🐓🌻
I’m starting my 4th week of the daily medications.
I’ve been doing fairly well. A few bumps here and there, but nothing too unbearable. I had a fair amount of late afternoon/evening achy-ness. The kind of achy where you feel like you are coming down with a flu bug. It lasted off and on for about 10 days. Then I had some tender joint swelling of my inner knees and elbows, with a blotchy rash, just for a couple of days. It seemed to go as quickly as it came. I try and not read too much into what minimal side effects I’ve experienced. Yes, they’re annoying, but manageable, at least thus far. I’ve had several sweet friends checking in with me via direct messages, and I can’t tell you enough how much that means to me. Usually it’s just at a time I need an emotional pick me up. The one thing I’m really working at adjusting too is the emotional ebbs and flow of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I like to think I’m a happy go lucky gal, and I really am, but at times emotional things can sweep over me in overwhelming, unexpected moments.
Carry on my dear friends, we’ll be chatting again soon🧡🙋🏻♀️
💓 Happy Monday. Let’s start the week off with a scary statistic from the Melanoma Research Foundation @curemelanoma 💓 Did you know it takes JUST ONE blistering sunburn to double your risk of melanoma? 😮 It takes just five to increase your chances by 80%. It is not worth it. 💓 Melanoma is no joke- I am sure you know someone who has been affected by this terrible cancer... probably even someone who lost their life to it. It is terrible. Please protect yourself- and protect your kids. And don’t forget to check yourself! Early detection of this cancer is key, as it is highly treatable in early stages. Please see a board certified dermatologist for any changing or symptomatic spot. Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! 💗
💛 Happy Monday!! Have you heard of the UV index before? I find this to be a very helpful way to gauge your risk of sunburn and UV radiation damage- and it’s as easy to look up as the weather. SCARY thing- on the Gulf Coast we are often in the red or purple (extreme danger- can burn in MINUTES if not protected) during the hours of 10am-4pm... which is why we tell people to avoid being outside midday. Swipe through to learn about the UV index and to find out how to look yours up locally. I included a screenshot from today’s UV index forecast and Wednesday July 25th looks like it is especially bad for Mobile... so cover up and seek shade! Reapply that sunscreen and avoid 10am-4pm. 😍😍
It’s Melanoma Monday! 💗 I hope your weekend was restful. Totalbeauty.com made a great infographic about nine places that skin cancer can hide in! Getting your skin checked at least yearly by a dermatologist is important for your skin’s health. 👩🏼⚕️💓
Call our office to schedule your next skin check! 😌
☀️💖✨ (pictures from 4 years ago, thx fb memories) 🙃 if only I could tell that girl this short story✨This was me in California on a summer vacay☀️ ✈️ to Los Angeles and 🌴Palm Springs for a week for a marketing job that included puppies. 😆(swipe left to see🐾 )I was 24 “still spray tanning” as people put it and back in college working on another major ✨ It was this trip that I saw a vision/dream of mine being a reality. ✨ I saw a SUNLESS ONLY TANNING SALON for the first time! 😍✨ I was so happy seeing someone doing it! After years of being told to “just quit spray tanning” and to “just get a real job” 😒 That never bothered me but what did bother me was that Louisiana... where I was born and raised didn’t have a salon like 😔 THAT! ✨I knew then to stick to what I loved doing since I was 16☀️ it’s crazy how God/life works but the passion and love I had for sunless tanning wasn’t enough to make me take the leap. ✨ The anger/pain from a family member who was affected by skin cancer was the main drive for me. I knew I could turn that energy into positive awareness. ✨ The 3rd & final thing that made it all come true was a best friend and Louisiana Glow was born in her salon in Covington, Louisiana almost 3 years ago✨ If I could tell that girl in these pictures to not listen to anyone but her own heart, I would. She would’ve never believed me if I told her in July 2018 she would have the blueprints to her dream salon in the works. 🤗 I ask that y’all pray that I don’t get carried away with detail and can sooner than later introduce y’all to Covington’s new salon 😍✨💖 #sunlesstan#protectyourskin#skincancerawareness#louisianaglow#melanomamonday#spraytan#tan#sunlesstanning#sunlesstanner#sunlesspro#sunlessprofessional#slidell#covington#mandeville#madisonville#louisianagirl
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1 out of 5 Americans will get skin cancer, according to American Academy of Dermatology. Protect yourself and your family by making sunscreen a part of your every day routine. Also, perform regular skin checks and schedule annual dermatology checkups. #MelanomaMonday
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This lady presented to me last week for a total body skin examination and for a pesky sun spot on her face that wouldn’t go away despite treatment. She proudly showed me a picture of the sun spot immediately post laser treatment and was frustrated the treatment didn’t work. The laser was performed somewhere else a few months back. She requested additional treatment to the area because she hated the way it looked. I immediately told her it didn’t look like the average sun spot and that I wanted to biopsy it to define exactly what we working with before I performed any additional treatments.
I just got the results back and that pesky “sun spot” is actually a melanoma. This lady will now need a wide and local excision on her face to clear the margins of this skin cancer. Luckily for her the lesion is “in situ” and won’t need any further treatment except the surgery and frequent total body skin surveillance.
What’s the moral of this story? Get your skin examined by a trained derm professional before any cosmetic treatments are performed at medi-spas or non-Dermatology clinics to ensure the spots you don’t like are innocent. Melanomas are the most dangerous form of skin cancer and if not caught early, metastasize to other parts of the body and are fatal. This type of skin cancer doesn’t spare any age, in fact, the youngest patient I found a melanoma on was an 18 year old boy on the back of his neck. Be aware of new or changing brown spots, ones that have variation in color, are irregular or look different from your other moles. Practice safe sun protection daily and get your skin checked annually. I always tell my patients there are no stupid questions, come as frequently as you want, because we don’t want to mistake a melanoma for an innocent sun spot. #melanoma#melanomaawareness#melanomamonday#melanomaprevention#skincancer#skincancerawareness#skincancerprevention#sunscreen#sunspots#dermatology#dermatologytips#dermatologylife#dallasdermpa#dallasdermatology#wearyoursunscreen#preventskincancer#preventskindamage
The sun is out in Seattle! Don't forget your sunscreen!
Melanoma is the most aggressive and potentially life-threatening of the three most common types of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the other two). The best way to take control of this type of skin cancer is to follow the plan set out by the team at Melanoma Know More:
1. Protect your skin
2. Avoid sunburns.
3. Limit sun exposure, especially between the hours of 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. when the sun is the strongest
4. Wear protective clothing – such as long sleeves and hats – when exposed to sunlight
5. Use at least a SPF 30 sunscreen – applying 30 minutes before going out and 1-2 hours thereafter.
6. Look for a sunscreen that protects against both types of ultraviolet radiation in the sun’s rays-UVA and UVB.
7. Use a higher SPF when you are at higher elevations.
8. Avoid sunbathing and tanning salons. Studies suggest that your risk of melanoma increases by 75% if you start using artificial tanning before you are 30 years old.
9. Examine your skin regularly, and have your doctor check your skin during all other health exams.
10. Use sunscreen as a part of your daily moisturizing ritual.
11. Set a good example for your children by protecting your skin from too much sun. For more information visit: www.melanomaknowmore.com.
At Integrity Medical Aesthetics we custom blended two Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF’s. The Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55 combines the unique barrier forming properties of Zinc Oxide along with Octinoxate for additional UV protection. Assimilated in a silky, lightweight lotion containing aloe vera and sunflower oil, the Sunscreen Lotion SPF calms and nourishes the skin avoiding skin irritation and discomfort. USE SUNSCREEN!
Packing your beach bag? Towel, check. Sunglasses, check. Flip flops, check. Sunscreen, double-check! Keep skin healthy at home and on vacation by always remembering sunscreen! #MelanomaMonday#MooresvilleDerm
I can do the HARD things💪🏼
I wasn’t able to start the immunotherapy last Monday as planned. I needed to have an echocardiogram before I could have the go ahead to start. I finally had the echocardiogram this past Friday. Then I selfishly put off the start until today, because I had an opportunity to spend the day on the lake yesterday. And it was worth it, and I had the most amazingly wonderful time💦🚤😉
Self skin examinations are one of our most important tools in skin cancer prevention. When checking your own skin, think of the A, B, C, D, E’s. If there is any question of changes in these areas, call to make an appointment with a professional. If you are in need of a dermatologist, contact our office to see if we are in your network 317-516-5000 #skinexam#melanomamonday#abcde#changes#skincancer
How well do you know your skin?
How familiar are you with your moles?
There is a very simple check to identify melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Early detection is the difference between life or death.
If you notice a spot that has one or more of the following characteristics please see your Doctor.
A - Asymmetrical shape. Melanoma legions are often an irregular shape. Not symmetrical.
B - Border.
Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.
C - Colour.
The presence of more than one colour eg blue, black, red or brown or the uneven distribution of colour may indicate a sign of melanoma.
D - Diameter.
Melanoma lesions are often larger than 6mm in diameter .
E - Evolution (or change).
Any change in moles is the most important factor when it comes to diagnosing melanoma. Knowing what is normal (or not normal) for you, could save your life. .
MELANOMA MONDAY AWARENESS.... Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life, representing 33% of the lifetime melanoma risk up to 60 years of age. It has been estimated that 50% of total UV exposure up to age 60 occurs before age 20; the dermis is thinner in children, with skin thickness gradually increasing from birth to adulthood. Skin thickness of the face, limbs, and trunk of children aged two-13 years is significantly thinner compared with young adults, 25-40 years. This is why protecting your children’s skin at school is so important.
Sunscreen needs to be applied at least once during the day at school and during outdoor activities. These gorgeous kiddies are at soccer camp today until 12pm and although it’s winter and cold the UV is still high today so they all have their sunscreen on. Our UV colour change drink bottles are a great reminder for kids to put on their sunscreen. Check them out on our website www.foreverfab.com.au #melanomawarriors#charity#followus#coolkids#soccer#sunsafe#sunprotection#melanomaawareness#melanomamonday#getaskincheck#justdoit#letsbeatthis#cousins
🙋🏻♀️ I’m going to start the Immunotherapy treatment this week. I will be on two medications for the next year. ~ Dabrafenib ~ Trametinib
There is a laundry list of side effects. Some rare but serious, and some others more common. I’m told 40% of patients have side effects. I’m going into this cautiously hoping I’m not in that 40%, although in all reality I do expect to be affected in one way or another. If anyone has been on these medications, or knows someone who has, PLEASE share that information with me. I would so greatly appreciate it🧡
I’ll be sharing more next Monday.
No other aspect of controlling or reducing brown skin #discolorations is as important as avoiding getting a tan, and never exposing your skin to the sun without using a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or more—and more is usually better. make sure that the sunscreen includes the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (which can also be on the label as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), Tinosorb, or Mexoryl SX (which can also be on the label as ecamsule), because they prevent the UVA damage that triggers brown spots #melanomamonday
I’m going to start Immunotherapy next week. I’ll update every Monday with #melanomamonday
For this weekend I am enjoying the people I love most and some cool water swimming🙋🏻♀️ I hope ya’ll are having a wonderful Saturday too💙
I’ve met some wonderful friends here amongst these IG squares. I’ve seen first hand how friendship, compassion, and kindness has reached out in unimaginable ways. This is a hard one for me, putting myself out here and asking for help.
Remember several weeks ago I had melanoma skin cancer removed from the top of my foot. (You can see that in a few posts back)
During the process of healing the physical wound, I had several tests done to determine if the cancer had spread, and if so what would come next. I’m here to say the melanoma cancer had spread to ONE of my lymph nodes, which has been removed. Officially diagnosed as stage III-a. Fairly good news:) What’s not so good is that my genetic testing of the tissue came back positive for BRAF. This means I have a high probability that I have cells inside of me that have the building blocks for new areas of melanoma to appear in the future. Not just in the form of a skin lesion, as before, but it could show up anywhere...brain, liver, lungs..... etc.
My medical oncologist offered 2 plans of treatment.
Plan 1-Have routine PET scans and ultrasounds alternating every 3 months for the next two years. The wait and see if anything shows up, at which I am at an 80% risk of recurrence within 10yrs.
Plan 2-Same PET
Scan and US course as above, but add Adjuvant Immunotherapy for the next year as well.
Adjuvant Immunotherapy can be administered per oral pills on a daily basis, or IV administered every 2-4 weeks for the course of the year. The IV course would require placing a PORT for the year of treatment.
There is no study that suggest pills vs. IV therapy are better than the other.
Doing the therapy for a year will reduce that 80% chance of recurrence down to 20%. YES, there are side effects to the treatments, a 40% chance that I will have some/all side effects from the therapy medication.
I’ll also add that I did have my first PET scan already and it came back completely negative, as in NO evidence of metastatic melanoma anywhere in my body at this time.
I’m reaching out to those who have gone through this journey, or have a close family member or friend that they have shared this journey with. (continued ⬇️)
I went to the dermatologist today and they removed a mole on my back. I pray the biopsy comes back okay, but I feel compelled to stress the importance of getting yourself checked regularly!!! 🕵 Your skin is your largest organ and skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. Include regular skin cancer screenings as part of your regimen for OVERALL health and wellness! Thank you in advance 💛 #skincancerawareness#melanomamonday#sunaware
One week left of Fluorouracil! On treatment days my skin gets extremely dry and flaky, and needs to shed once or twice throughout the day 🐍. These photos are from earlier this week. It’s hard to see in photos, but the flaky skin is very noticeable in person. By lunchtime it was super dry and flaky and just kind of hanging on by a thread. It has worked best to gently rub or softly scratch the area and let the dead stuff fall off. I’ve found that pulling or tugging (even very gently) will easily bring healthy skin with it. This leaves open sores that are not comfortable or necessary. In the second pic you can see I did get a small piece of healthy skin 🤦🏼♀️ (and did this several time in the first couple of weeks 😬). Now that it’s almost over, I’ve got it figured out! 🤷🏼♀️happy friday babessss! 💕