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What could you and Bob Marley have in common?

What should you do when you notice a lesion or area of your foot that looks different from the rest of your skin? Should you go to your primary care doctor? A dermatologist? A podiatrist? The lesion could be a variety of things including a wart, an ulcer, a fungal infection, a bruise or blood…

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A Simple Cream for Cancer with Not Always Simple Consequences

Some patients find themselves with a large number of skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions. While surgical excision is recommended for certain types of skin cancer, pre-cancers and superficial skin cancers can often be treated in other ways. These non-surgical options are often ideal for patients with many lesions who want to limit the number of…

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This was a chapter, but it’s not my story

If working towards a PhD at UC Irvine was not enough, Klebea was also planning her wedding in Brazil. Wedding photos would be memories for the rest of her life. She was hoping to improve the unsightly scar on her cheek, a painful reminder of a past skin cancer removal. She was referred to Dr.…

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A Cosmetic Procedure Reveals Skin Cancer

A former teacher in her sixties came to Dr. Steven Daines for a CO2 laser treatment­ to diminish her fine lines and brown spots. She had no idea how important this visit would become. While prepping her for the laser procedure, Dr. Daines noticed a tiny black mark on her cheek. “I thought it was…

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