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What Causes Melanoma?

Melanoma is a skin cancer that develops from melanocytes, our pigment-producing cells. Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. In the case of melanoma, the uncontrolled growth comes in the form of melanocytes. Melanocytes live in the skin, nervous system, inner ear and heart. As dermatologists, melanoma is the skin cancer we worry about […]

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How to Tell a Sunspot from Melanoma

A solar lentigo (also known as a sunspot, liver spot or age spot) is seen in almost everyone I see over the age of 60. These spots are caused by sun exposure. This is why they appear in areas that see the sun the most such as the face, shoulders, arms, chest and hands. People who have […]

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Second Most Common Type of Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer, second only to Basal Cell Carcinoma. It is so common that we see this type of skin cancer many times a day in our Sonoma County  Dermatology practice here in Northern California. What causes squamous cell carcinoma? The very top upper layer […]

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Do You Need to Protect Your Skin from the Sun in Fall and Winter?

Yes, Yes, Yes! UVA is out all year – fall and winter included. It’s out from sun up to sun down too. Believe it or not, UVA is also at its FULL intensity even when the sun feels softer in winter. Yes, the UVB rays are less, but don’t let that fool you because UVA […]

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The Most Common Form of Skin Cancer & What You Can Do about It

As unfortunate as it is, you likely know someone who currently has or has had skin cancer. Chances are, it’s been Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), which is the most common type of skin cancer. Here in our Northern California Dermatology office, we see a lot of people who have basal cell carcinoma. What is basal cell […]

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Understanding Skin Cancer: Melanoma

Have you noticed any new spots such as moles, freckles or other discoloring on your skin since the summer? The summer months are a time where we become more aware of our body simply because more of it is exposed. It’s also the perfect opportunity to spot potential skin cancers. The time to get a […]

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