Archive for May, 2013

Carrying Around the Dermatologist in your Pocket

  I was recently dragged kicking and screaming back into the age of technology. After moving, I had given up the idea of a smartphone until I realized I can’t live without a device that receives wireless internet wherever I go, tells me the weather when I wake up, finds the nearest Zagat-rated restaurant, acts as an alarm clock for those pesky morning classes, helps me when I get lost in Manhattan’s “off-grid” section, and detects if I have skin cancer. In the last month or so, I have been assaulted by a barrage of news segments and articles regarding

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A Skin Check a Day Keeps the Cancer at Bay

  My skin type (fair and freckly) puts me in the so-called “high-risk” group for developing skin cancer. On top of wearing hats and sunglasses whenever the slightest ray of sun shines, I am also quite vigilant with the sunscreen. Fortunately, the last years of my education in graduate school (and now medical school) have made sure my sun exposure was at a minimal level, thereby saving my delicate skin any unnecessary UV contact. The skin check is a dermatologist’s best way of keeping tabs on your skin, your moles, and how your skin and moles change with time. It

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My family has a history of melanoma . . . what does this mean for me?

  I come from a family where one side is plagued by heart attacks, and the other afflicted by cancer. At the moment, my chances of surviving over the age of 60 are looking pretty slim. Thankfully, I seem to have inherited the low blood pressure and cholesterol of my cancer-afflicted side of the family, so I have one of my odds beaten. Since starting medical school and becoming interested in dermatology, I have become painfully aware of just how many things can go wrong with your skin, including cancer. Though I wear SPF-containing lotion every day, I still wonder

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