O’Donoghue Dermatology Blog
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer - combined!
Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, gender or age. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. These facts may be alarming, but because skin cancer is, for the most part, a behavioral disease, it is highly preventable.
About 86% of melanoma and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. That’s why embracing proper sun protection is critical all year-round.
The good news:
Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.
Follow these Prevention Guidelines to stay sun-safe:
- - Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- - Don’t get burned.
- - Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds.
- - Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- - Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- - Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- - Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- - Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- - See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
How can Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month make a difference?
- - By encouraging families to adopt good habits like wearing sunscreen and limiting their time in the sun - together.
- - By motivating educators and administrators to teach kids about the harms of UV radiation and why it’s important to protect yourself.
- - By identifying community youth leaders who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.
- - And by partnering with a local Hospital, state fair, or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event.
Resistance to BOTOX is extremely rare. The most common reason why the product fails is the technique of the individual injecting it. If the BOTOX is not placed into the muscle or the if the proper amount is not used – it won’t work well. Also, a good understanding of the patient is essential for good results.
Another reason why people might feel that BOTOX did not work for them is a misunderstanding of what the product can do. Some patients are under the impression that BOTOX can treat all lines and wrinkles. In fact, BOTOX is best for treating wrinkles that form when you move the muscle, i.e. when you frown, raise your eyebrows or smile. Wrinkles present at rest may improve after several years of using BOTOX every three months, but they will not go away immediately.
For wrinkles that are present at rest, other adjunctive therapies like lasers and wrinkle fillers are more appropriate.
Now until Friday, May 12, O’Donoghue Dermatology is offering FREE Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup samples and a FREE full-size product with any purchase of $75 or more!
Get all of your Mother's Day shopping done at the O'Donoghue Skin Care Boutique and, while you're here, be sure to schedule your appointment for our upcoming Botox Party on Wednesday, May 24 and our Filler Friday on June 2.
The Skin Care Boutique at O'Donoghue Dermatology is open Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 to 4:00 & Fridays from 8:00 to 12:00.
Thrilled to have been a part of the 2017 Tour de Parks to support The Legacy Trail!
This worthwhile fundraiser featured 20, 35 and 62-mile scenic fun rides across 12 beautiful parks in Sarasota County!
Dr. O’Donoghue appeared on the WSRQ Talk Radio program Health Check with Heidi Godman
Health Check with Heidi Godman focuses on all aspects of health and wellness. Host Heidi Godman, a veteran medical journalist familiar to Suncoast residents, talks to doctors and other health experts daily in addition to fielding questions from callers.
In this episode featuring Family Pharmacy and O’Donoghue Dermatology, Dr. O’Donoghue talks about skin health.
Click the play button below to hear the Health Check radio show from October 13th, 2015.
We sat down and talked with the specialists of O'Donoghue Dermatology to discuss some of the most current issues in dermatology today.
Dr. J Morgan O'Donoghue, Physicians Assistants Nathaniel Swartz, PA-C and Amy Fenenga, PA-C have a combined 35 years in the specialty of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. They gave us an insight into some of the most important topics in this interesting specialty.
Q: Oxybenzone is rumored to be an unsafe ingredient and is widely used in most sunscreens, what advice would you give to your patients when choosing a sunscreen with Oxybenzone?
A: Dr. O'Donoghue: I think the jury is still out in regards to Oxybenzone. I still believe the most effective ingredients to have in a sunscreen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which are inert minerals and have proven to be very safe. In our office we offer several Oxybenzone-free options including an oil-free SPF 30 and a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.
Swartz, PA-C: The problem with these rumors is that they are using information from studies involving mice that received doses of these chemicals that a person would never receive from the normal use of sunscreens. Although Oxybenzone is most likely safe to use, I still think your best bet is to use a sunblock that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients and with at least an SPF 30.
Fenenga, PA-C: There were a few poorly done studies stating that Oxybenzone "could" be unsafe. The truth is it has been FDA approved since 1980. It is an excellent sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays and is cosmetically elegant. I recommend also wearing sun protective clothing and avoiding the sun between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Q: Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the world; some say it is an epidemic. What do the O'Donoghue Dermatology esteemed specialists' feel is the most important information that everyone should know to prevent this common form of cancer?
A: Dr. O'Donoghue: Skin cancer really is an epidemic. Nearly one in ﬁve Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. I try to stress to my patients to have a thorough examination by a board-certiﬁed dermatologist at least once a year and perform regular monthly self-examinations at home. Early detection of skin cancer is the key.
Swartz, PA-C: Regular examinations at your dermatology office are key in preventing skin cancer. Skin cancer can be dangerous if not detect and treated early. We are able to identify spots before they become cancerous and treat them with the latest technology to avoid having to undergo surgical intervention.
Fenenga; PA-C: Prevention is the key: wear sunscreen, never go to tanning beds, and wear protective clothing. Once you have a history of sun damage the key is surveillance.
Q: More people are looking for less invasive cosmetic procedures. What procedures are available with today's technology and how long is the healing time? Also, what advice would be helpful in maintaining healthy skin?
A: Dr. O'Donoghue: The world of cosmetic dermatology is at very exciting time. One of my favorite procedures to help rejuvenate skin is the combination of wrinkle ﬁllers followed by fractional CO2 laser. This combination of treatments can be done safely in the office with topical anesthesia. There is very little downtime and the results last for many years.
Swartz, PA-C: There are so many ways to help maintain that youthful look to your Skin. Every person's needs are different and we are able to personalize a treatment plan speciﬁc for you. We have a variety of the latest lasers and injectables that have minimal downtime to meet those goals. A great topical routine that patients can use to maintain healthy looking skin is a sunblock and antioxidant-rich moisturizer during the day and retinol serum at night.
Fenenga, PA-C: Botox, dermal ﬁllers, and lasers are all great options that have little or no downtime. If you are going to spend money on these procedures, it is good to have a maintenance program to maintain the quality of your skin. We can customize a successful regimen for you with our Juvenus product line.
Dr. J. Morgan O’Donoghue of O’Donoghue Dermatology has just been elected President of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the nation.
SARASOTA, Florida (October 6, 2015) – In a ceremony held this past Saturday, October 3rd, during the 34th Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeon
s (FSDS) at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Dr. J. Morgan O’Donoghue was installed as President of the FSDS.
The news of the FSDS presidency comes on the heels of another exciting announcement; Dr. O’Donoghue will be heading the Dermatology Department of the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) Internal Medicine Residency Program. This is the first program for newly-graduated doctors in Sarasota and it is the final step in Sarasota Memorial’s transformation into a nationally-recognized teaching hospital.
National Surveys show that physicians are more likely to establish themselves where they completed their residency than where they attended medical school. “With an increasing population and a retiring workforce, Florida is facing a serious physician shortage. We need residency programs like this one to help keep young doctors from leaving the area” said Dr. O’Donoghue
“I am honored to have been selected by my peers to preside over an organization that raises the bar for dermatologic surgeons and I am really looking forward to helping shape the next generation of doctors as Chief of the Dermatology Department of the new SMH residency program” he continued.
Driven by their commitment to offering patients the most advanced treatment options available, O'Donoghue Dermatology, one of the area's leading medical and cosmetic dermatology practices, is pleased to announce the addition of 3D digital skin analysis assisted by the Reveal® Imager to their newly renovated 1952 Field Road, Sarasota office.
The Reveal® Imager uses Canfield Scientific's exclusive RBX technology to uncover skin damage undetectable to the naked eye. This state-of-the-art technology uses cross-polarized filters to produce a digital image that shows the unique color signatures of red and brown skin components below the skin surface.
Red areas can represent a variety of conditions including acne, inflammation, rosacea, and spider veins. In contrast, brown areas which are caused by an excess in melanin, and are often associated with sun damage, represent lesions such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, lentigines or melasma on or below the skin surface.
"In just a few minutes, the Reveal® Imager produces a report that allows us to analyze hyperpigmentation, photo damage, vascular disorders, rosacea, acne, texture and wrinkles so that we can develop a skin care regimen that specifically targets the patient's needs" said Dr. O'Donoghue.
Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and went on to do his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Donoghue has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and he is currently completing his first book on the topic of skin cancer prevention.
Dr. O'Donoghue is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a board member and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a proud member of the American Medical Association and the Sarasota County Medical Association, and he is a staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His many accolades include 'Americas Top Physicians', 'Patients Choice Award', 'Best Dermatologist in Sarasota', 'Americas Top Dermatologist', and 'Most Compassionate Doctor Award'.
About O'Donoghue Dermatology
Serving the Sarasota area since 2000, O'Donoghue Dermatology (www.dermatologyexperts.com) specializes in the treatment of skin cancer and other diseases of the skin, hair and nails as well as cosmetic services including laser skin resurfacing, sclerotherapy, chemical peels and injectable fillers.
One of "America's Top Dermatologists" has just been elected as the Vice President of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the country.
SARASOTA, Florida (September 23, 2014) – In a ceremony held this past Saturday, September 20th, during the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (FSDS) at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue was elected Vice President of the FSDS. While at the meeting, Dr. O'Donoghue presented a lecture entitled: "Office Efficiency: Lowering Overhead While Enhancing Patient Satisfaction in Your Surgical Practice."
The mission of the FSDS is to promote the highest possible standard of dermatologic surgery, provide continuing education for the purpose of ensuring the highest professional quality of dermatologic surgery, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas & methodology for dermatologic surgery & related basic sciences, and to recognize those physicians who have become proficient in dermatologic surgery.
"It's an honor to serve on the board of the largest state organization of dermatologic surgeons in the country and I'm proud of the work that I have done as a member of the board and as a part of their educational faculty" said Dr. O'Donoghue.
Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans and went on to do his residency in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. O'Donoghue has had numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed dermatology journals and is currently working on his a book about skin cancer prevention.
Dr. O'Donoghue is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a board member and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. He is a proud member of the American Medical Association and the Sarasota County Medical Association, and he is a staff member at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His many accolades include "America's Top Physicians", "Patients' Choice Award", "Best Dermatologist in Sarasota", "America's Top Dermatologist", and "Most Compassionate Doctor Award".
One of the many advantages of our newly renovated office is an expanded reception area which is equipped with a projection screen that allows us to host educational seminars.
With this great space at our disposal, we decided to start an O'Donoghue Dermatology tradition to celebrate Melanoma Awareness Month. On May 9th we hosted our 1st Annual Melanoma Awareness Seminar. Patients and guests in attendance enjoyed FREE Skin Cancer Screenings, UV Facial Analysis, giveaways, and refreshments.
If you missed the first event, you can catch some of the highlights in the video section of our site. Stay tuned for information about our next Melanoma Awareness Seminar and lectures on topics such as the prevention and treatment of diseases of the skin, the latest advancements in skin care products and technology, and how to take care of our skin in order to age gracefully.