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Joel L. Cohen, MD  -  Michael E. Contreras, MD  -  Samantha G. Stoler, MD  -  Stephen C. Ho, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Contreras &
Dr. Cohen for again being honored with a Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award!

Physicians are rated on several components including: bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up. Of the nation's 870,000 active doctors,only 3% of physicians are honored with this distinction.
Video On Wrinkling More Likely To Get Teens To Use Sunscreen
According to a study in the American Academy of Dermatology, 11th-grade teenagers were more concerned with getting wrinkles than melanoma when they learned about the damaging effects of UV rays. "Vanity is more of a driving force to use sunscreen, as opposed to the fear factor of developing skin cancer," the study's lead author, William Tuong, told Reuters Health.Tuong developed two different five-minute videos to test the theory that teenagers were more likely to respond to messages about appearance than to messages about health. 

A young woman speaks directly to youth in both videos.

In one, the actress emphasizes the growing incidence of melanoma in young people. In the other video, the same actress discusses how ultraviolet light contributes to premature aging and "can make you look older and less attractive."  


"Past research shows that adolescents have difficulty practicing preventive health behavior because they believe themselves less likely to experience disease," the authors of the current study write. "With younger individuals, messages that resonate with them are messages that speak to them now," Tuong said.   


The health-based (melanoma) video can be seen HERE and the appearance-based (wrinkling) video HERE.

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Look Who Made The Cover!

Click here if you missed the feature article on Dr. Joel Cohen as one of the nations leading aesthetic dermatologists and Mohs skin cancer surgeon in the latest issue of MedEsthetics.

Click here to see Dr. Cohen's recent video interview for Modern Aesthetics Magazine on his "looking natural" philosophy with aesthetic treatments.
The Evolving Field of Contact Dermatitis and Specific Patch Tests

You call it a rash. Your doctor calls it dermatitis. Either way, it happens when your skin gets inflamed after it comes in contact with something. If it's caused by an allergy, your immune system is involved. After your skin touches something, your immune system mistakenly thinks it's under attack. It springs into action, making antibodies to fight the invader. A chain of events takes place that causes a release of chemicals like histamine. That's what causes the allergic reaction -- in this case, an itchy rash. It's called allergic contact dermatitis.


Usually, you won't get a rash the first time your skin is touching something you're allergic to. But it sensitizes your skin, and you have an allergic reaction the second time your skin touches it (just like bee stings or neosporine sensitivity). If you get a rash the first time, chances are you were exposed to the allergic trigger before and just didn't know it.


"Patch testing" remains the gold standard for diagnosing allergic contact dermatitis. The allergens to which patients are exposed on a daily basis at home and at work through environment or personal care products continue to change and evolve. New preservative systems, fragrance, chemicals,and innovations in the workplace result in new potential allergens and exposures; therefore, the allergens that can cause dermatitis evolve over time.  


Call AboutSkin if your rash isn't better after a couple of days. Usually your doctor can examine you and ask questions to figure out what's causing the rash. Depending on how severe your rash is, your doctor may prescribe steroid pills or ointment, and an antihistamine. If the rash persists, then we can perform "patch testing" to identify the culprit.  

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Skin Cancer Risk Seen in Vietnam Vets Exposed To Agent Orange

U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange  may be at increased risk for skin cancer, a new study warns.


Agent Orange was a chemical spray that was widely used during the Vietnam War to clear foliage in the jungle. It contained a known carcinogen called dioxin, and has been linked to a wide range of cancers and other diseases.


 Investigators looked at data on 100 participants in the Agent Orange registry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Washington, D.C. The data indicated that "the rate of non-melanoma invasive skin cancer among these veterans was 51%, which is about twice as high as among same-aged men in the general population." The risk of skin cancer was highest (73%) among veterans who were involved in the spraying of Agent Orange. The risk was also higher among men with the lightest skin types and lighter eyes.


The findings add to previous evidence that people exposed to Agent Orange are at increased risk for non-melanoma invasive skin cancer, even decades after exposure.If you know someone exposed to agent orange, insist they see a dermatologist regularly to get their skin checked.



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