Join us on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter at #MDedgeChats as we discuss skin cancer, and what’s new in sunscreen, skin of color, and melanoma.
Special guests include physicians with expertise in dermatology and skin cancer, Anthony Rossi, MD (@DrAnthonyRossi), Julie Amthor Croley, MD, 15k followers on IG (@Drskinandsmiles), and Candrice Heath, MD (@DrCandriceHeath). Background information about the chat can be found below.
What will the conversation cover?
Q1: What are the most common types of skin cancer?
Q2: What recent research findings can better inform patients about skin cancer risks?
Q3: What’s the difference between melanoma in fair skin vs. darker skin?
Q4: How does the risk of skin cancer differ in people with darker skin?
Q5: Why should sunscreen be used even in the fall and winter?
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Dr. Anthony Rossi (@DrAnthonyRossi) is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery, cosmetic and laser surgery, and advanced cutaneous oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College program, both in New York. He specializes in skin cancer surgery, cosmetic dermatologic surgery, and laser surgery.
His research includes quality of life in cancer survivors, the use of noninvasive imaging of the skin, and nonsurgical treatments of skin cancer. Additionally, Dr. Rossi is active in dermatologic organizations and advocacy for medicine.
Dr. Candrice Heath (@DrCandriceHeath) is Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with fellowship training in pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Heath is triple board certified in pediatrics, dermatology, and pediatric dermatology. She specializes in adult and pediatric dermatology, skin of color, acne, and eczema. Dr. Heath also enjoys educating primary care physicians on the front lines of health care and delivering easy to understand information to consumers.
Dr. Julie Amthor Croley (@Drskinandsmiles) also known as “Dr. Skin and Smiles” has 15,000 followers on Instagram, and is a Chief Dermatology Resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She has a special interest in skin cancer and dermatological surgery and hopes to complete a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery after residency. In her free time, Dr. Croley enjoys spending time with her husband (an orthopedic surgeon), running and competing in marathons, and spending time on the beach.
Cutaneous melanoma is the most fatal form of skin cancer and is a considerable public health concern in the United States. Early detection and management of skin cancer can lead to decreased morbidity and mortality from skin cancer. As a result, the American Academy of Dermatology Association supports safe sun-protective practices and diligent self-screening for changing lesions.
Sunscreen use is an essential component of sun protection. New regulations from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have left consumers concerned about the safety of sunscreens. According to a recent Cutis editorial from Vincent A. DeLeo, MD, “There is no question that, as physicians, we want to ‘first, do no harm,’ so we should all be interested in assuring our patients that our sunscreen recommendations are safe and we support the FDA proposal for additional data.”
Patients with skin of color experience disproportionately higher morbidity and mortality when diagnosed with melanoma. “Poor prognosis in patients with skin of color is multifactorial and may be due to poor use of sun protection, misconceptions about melanoma risk, atypical clinical presentation, impaired access to care, and delay in diagnosis,” according to a recent Cutis article.
Population-based skin cancer screening performed exclusively by dermatologists is not practical. Primary care physicians and other experts in melanoma and public health need to be involved in reducing melanoma mortality.
In this chat, we will provide expert recommendations on the diagnosis of skin cancer, preventive measures, and the latest research discussed among physicians.
- “Doctor, Do I Need a Skin Check?”
- Assessing the effectiveness of knowledge-based interventions in skin of color populations.
- Melanoma in US Hispanics
- Podcast: Sunscreen update from Dr. Vincent DeLeo
- Windshield and UV exposure
- Racial, ethnic minorities often don’t practice sun-protective behaviors.
- Sunscreen regulations and advice for your patients.