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Many patients are concerned when they develop a bump that looks like a cyst.

This is usually a sebaceous cyst that is a closed sac found under the skin, usually on the trunk, neck, or face. They are filled with a oily or cheese-like matter and usually are painless.

In some cases, however, cysts can get inflamed and become tender to the touch. They are also called epidermal cysts, wens, keratin cysts, or epidermoid cysts. Most often, sebaceous cysts come out of hair follicles or can form as a result of trauma to the skin. Usually they are benign, but they must be differentiated from other potentially malignant bumps that can mimic cysts.

In some cases, the dermatologist will perform a biopsy to rule out certain conditions. If a small cyst becomes inflamed, a dermatologist can inject it with an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling or just remove it entirely with surgery.

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Are you at risk for melanoma?

Melanoma only affects 4 percent of those diagnosed with skin cancer, but it accounts for 79 percent of all skin cancer related deaths.

Anyone who has overexposure to the sun, regardless of skin color, has a higher risk for melanoma.

Individuals with blond or red hair, and fair complexion have the highest risk for melanoma. Also if you experienced excessive sun exposure during your childhood and teen years or have a family history of melanoma, you should have a skin cancer-related checkup.

The American Cancer Society recommends a checkup every three years for people between 20 and 40 years of age, and every year for anyone 40 and older.

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What is Squamous cell carcinoma? How is it treated?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common cancer of the skin.

Patients with fair complexions who frequently sun bathe or use tanning beds are most likely to be affected. Some SCC's arise from small sandpaper-like precancerous lesions called actinic leratoses. About 20% of these precancers can evolve into the earliest for of SCC which may present as a warty-growth or a sore that bleeds.

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What is Squamous cell carcinoma? How is it treated?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common cancer of the skin.

Patients with fair complexions who frequently sun bathe or use tanning beds are most likely to be affected. Some SCC's arise from small sandpaper-like precancerous lesions called actinic leratoses. About 20% of these precancers can evolve into the earliest for of SCC which may present as a warty-growth or a sore that bleeds.

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What is melanoma and how is it treated?

Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes which are found predominantly ion skin. it is a serious type of skin cancer that causes the majority of skin cancer related deaths.

Although fair skinned individuals are most commonly affected, darker skinned patients who tan easily can develop melanoma as well. It is due to uncontrolled growth of pigment cells called melanocytes.

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A More Natural Approach To Acne And Rosacea Treatments

Traditional therapies have relied upon both topical and oral antibiotics. At O'Donoghue Dermatology - we prefer a more natural approach. We start many of our acne and rosacea patients on a specific all natural regimen.

Therapy begins with a homeopathic oral spray which reduces redness, inflammation and breakouts. It is followed by a series of natural, pulsed light treatments that target and can permanently shrink inflamed blood vessels.

This is also combined with a specific diet that avoids the foods most commonly associated with rosacea flares. For more information - or to book a consultation - please contact us today.

If you are a new client - please click on the menu button to the left for a coupon good for a complimentary consulation.

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Better Than Proactiv® - Special Price On Our Acne Kit

Dr. O'Donoghue includes all four of his acne products in a specially priced kit for Clients in Sarasota and the surrounding areas.

Walk-in Special: Now you can get this 4 Step Program Acne kit for $59.99!

Save $10.00 off the regular price when you pick up your Acne Kit at our office located at 1952 Field Road Sarasota. Kit includes Medicated Acne Cleaner, 10% BPO Acne Gel, SPF 30 Oil Free Sunscreen and Glycolic Antioxidant Toner.

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Dr. O'Donoghue Visits Pre Kindergarten

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Exerpt from Pre Kindergarten Newsletter
November 19, 2010

..."Our week in Pre K was filled with many special parents and community helpers. Thank you to Morgan Bentley, Blaine's dad, for telling us about being a lawyer and sharing the wooly mammoth story with us. Thank you to Dr. Morgan O'Donoghue, Kevin's dad, for explaining the importance of protecting our skin and what he does as a dermatologist. Thank you for giving us each a bottle of sunscreen."...

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Are there any new treatments for acne or rosacea?

Q: Dear Dr. O’Donoghue, Are there any new treatments for acne or rosacea? – Rose, Venice FL.

A: Dear Rose, The traditional therapies have relied upon both topical and oral antibiotics. I prefer a more natural approach, I start many of my acne and rosacea patients on a specific all natural regimen. 

Therapy begins with a homeopathic oral spray which reduces redness, inflammation and breakouts. It is followed by a series of natural, pulsed light treatments that target and can permanently shrink inflamed blood vessels.

This is also combined with a specific diet that avoids the foods most commonly associated with rosacea flares.

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How can I treat dry, scaly, and itchy skin?

Q: Dear Dr. O'Donoghue, I am constantly battling dry, scaly, and itchy skin. How can I treat this? - J.T.

A: Dear J.T.,  Dry skin is the result of an evaporation of water from the upper skin layers. To replace this loss apply thick moisturizers immediately after bathing to wet skin and then gently blot dry, don’t rub. Limit your bathing to no more than 10 minutes daily and avoid very hot water.

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I am overwhelmed by all the ads for different wrinkle creams.

Q: Dear Dr. O'Donoghue, I am overwhelmed by all the ads for different wrinkle creams. Is there any one cream that can help improve the skin? - Linda, Englewood, FL

 A: Dear Linda, Despite the multitude of products claiming to help the skin, in my opinion, the best topical cream for improving fine lines, age spots, and texture is retinol.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and research has shown that it enhances moisture retention, increases collagen production and promotes the skins ability to heal. I also feel that it is less irritating than Retin-A. Retinol is now available in elegant concentrated serum in our office.

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Encourage Elderly Family Members to Examine Their Skin

Encourage Elderly Family Members to Examine Their Skin

Based on current estimates, substantially more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is being diagnosed more rapidly in men age 65 and older than in the general population. A history of exposure to UV rays is a risk factor for skin cancer.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that people lovingly remind their elderly family members to perform a skin self-examination for suspicious moles that could be skin cancer.

The Academy has created several tools to make it easy to determine if a mole is suspicious and should be brought to a dermatologist’s attention. The Academy’s Body Mole Map is a tool individuals can use to track their moles. The map provides information on how to perform a skin exam, images of the ABCDEs of melanoma and space for people to track their moles to determine any changes over time.

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Moffit's Sun Safety Tour

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Spring Swing – Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour – is a partnership between the Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center dedicated to increasing skin cancer awareness, prevention and detection.

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Mole Patrol®  will travel with the Rays during the month of March to provide free skin cancer screenings at select Spring Training games in search of the early signs of skin cancer, promoting sun safety and skin cancer education.

The 2008 campaign kicked off in St. Petersburg on March 1 at Progress Energy Park, home of Al Lang Field. Sam Donaldson (pictured, right), veteran ABC newsman,  melanoma survivor and chairman of Moffitt’s Board of Advisors, threw out the first pitch.

Swing 3Click here  for more information about the 2009 Spring Swing schedule.

Several of Moffitt’s Affiliate Hospitals will be assisting with the on-site screenings and education initiatives, including:

Broward Health
Martin Memorial Health Systems
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Riverchase Dermatology 

Melanoma Facts

• Florida has the second-most reported cases of melanoma nationwide.

• Skin cancer is one of the most common and fastest growing cancers in the United States.

• Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

• It is estimated that nearly 1 million new cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in 2007, approximately 60,000 of those cases were a form of melanoma.

• Skin cancer can show up anywhere on the body.

• Skin cancer affects all races, ages and genders.

Source:  American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2007

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Sun Safety Tips

• Avoid unprotected exposure when the sun is at its strongest (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). UV rays pass through clouds and water, so don’t assume you’re safe if it’s not sunny or you’re feeling comfortable in the cool water.

Spring Swing 1• Check the UV Index for your area before planning a day outside. This number between 1 and 10 is a measure of the amount of radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. The higher the number, the greater the exposure. You can find the UV Index by visiting

www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html

and entering your ZIP code.

• Wear UV-blocking sunglasses. Ideally, glasses should have 99 percent to 100 percent UV absorption. Darker lenses are not necessarily better because the protection comes from an invisible chemical applied to the lenses. Look for an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) label.

• Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Apply generously and properly – 30 minutes before sun exposure. For most sunscreens, reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming, toweling dry or perspiring. Guard against loss of your sunscreen’s effectiveness from heat by keeping it in your cooler.

• Stay in the shade as much as possible or cover up with protective clothing. Dark colors provide better protection than light colors. Choose tightly woven fabric and select a hat with a broad brim to protect your neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp.

• Regular skin examinations are key. This includes monthly self exams as well as an annual skin examination by a health care practitioner to identify any changes in your skin or the development of anything new. Click here to see images and information on what malignant melanoma can look like.

Source: American Cancer Society

The Mole Patrol® is on the move! The screeners are preparing for a very busy month in March. Partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays and local affiliates, the Moffitt Mole Patrol® is swinging into spring with the Spring Swing, a series of screening events at Major League Baseball Spring Training games throughout Florida.

The series begins with the Rays vs. Yankees game in Tampa. It is expected that dozens of people will be screened at each event while staff members provide sun safety educational materials and sunscreen samples to participants.

About Mole Patrol 

The Mole Patrol® skin cancer screening program travels to venues around Florida to offer free skin cancer screenings and cancer education to the public. In its 12 years of operation, the Mole Patrol® has screened thousands of Floridians, identifying hundreds of suspicious skin lesions that have resulted in the diagnosis of melanoma, basal and squamous cell cancers.

The Mole Patrol® frequently works in tandem with Moffitt's affiliate institutions to provide oncologists and dermatologists who specialize in skin cancer to conduct the screenings.

The Mole Patrol® is comprised of medical doctors who specialize in skin cancer and/or dermatology, as well as registered nurses and support staff. Some physicians and nurses are based at Moffitt, while others come from its affiliate institutions and practices in the community.

Screenings are provided free of charge to the public and are conducted in an area that allows for some measure of privacy when needed (two rooms are available on the screening bus and portable privacy screens are often used). 

If suspicious lesions are found, patients leave the screening area with specific follow-up instructions that should be taken to their primary physician. In addition, participants receive educational information about skin cancer prevention and early detection and often receive free sunscreen samples and other related giveaways.

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