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Do you have concerns about melanoma skin cancer and the moles on your body? British researchers say having 11 moles or more on your right arm can indicate a higher risk for the development of melanoma skin cancer. Results from a recent King's College study in London and published in the British Journal of Dermatology could help doctors more easily figure out which patients are at highest risk for melanoma skin cancer. These findings could very well have a significant impact to enable doctors to more efficiently estimate the total number of moles on a patient more quickly by using an easily accessible body part. Patients may also be able to figure out that they are at increased risk for melanoma by just looking at their own arms.

This could help patients at risk for melanoma be identified and monitored more effectively.  Between 20% and 40% of melanomas may start in pre-existing moles, according to the researchers. The risk for melanoma is believed to increase slightly with each additional mole on the body, but a total body count can be time-consuming for a doctor in a busy office. In this report, data was analyzed from nearly 3,700 white twins in the U.K. who underwent a mole count on 17 body areas. The researchers found that the mole count on the right arm was the most predictive of the total number of moles on an entire person's body.  The area above the right elbow was found to be very predictive of the total number of moles on a person's body. The number of moles found on a person's legs was also strongly associated with total mole count.

This study is helpful for patients to understand if they are at increased risk for melanoma skin cancer. Some freckle-like lesions may actually be moles. So, when looking at your own arms, any brown spot or flesh colored bump may be a mole. The dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology are very skilled at being able to tell which spots may be moles, but sometimes the ability to tell if a lesion is a mole or something else, including skin cancer, can only be done with a skin biopsy. When in doubt, let the dermatologists at Buckeye Dermatology examine your moles. Better to be safe than sorry! And remember, people with few or no moles on their arms can still get melanoma skin cancer!

For more information, See Dr. Hessel's video interview on Skin Cancer Information for Columbus and Central Ohio as well as his video interview about Mole and Melanoma Information for our area.

In a recent Columbus Medical News Youtube Video Interview, Dr. Adam Hessel discusses how the New Ohio Tanning law will help protect teens in Columbus and Central Ohio from skin cancer and other harmful effects of tanning.  Ohio House Bill 131 was signed into law by Governor Kasich in 2014 and goes into effect in March 2015.  This Ohio law requires an operator or employee of a tanning facility to check if a customer seeking tanning services is at least 18 years old.  The parents must be present at the tanning facility to sign the consent form for ages 16 and 17.  And for children under the age of 16, a parent must stay at the tanning facility while their child uses the tanning beds.  In the past, a person under the age of 18 could use tanning services by bringing in a permission note from their parent or legal guardian.  An increased number of skin cancer occurrences led to the creation of this new law, according to law officials. This law will help protect minors from the risks of tanning beds, which includes not only developing skin cancer, but also the development of premature aging, wrinkling, and brown sunspots. 

For More Information:

Dr. Hessel's Video Interview on New Ohio Tanning Law

Columbus Medical News Story on New Ohio Tanning Law



A new topical medication called Soolantra has recently been approved by the FDA for the treatment of rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition usually beginning in adulthood that may include any of the following clinical symptoms: facial redness, dilated blood vessels ("broken boold vessels"), acne-like lesions, and/or enlargement of the nose.  Patients may have one, some, or all of these symptoms. The Columbus Medical News recently performed a video interview with Dr. Hessel about this new rosacea treatment, which is now available to help rosacea patients in the Central and Columbus, Ohio areas.


Columbus Medical News story on Soolantra

Columbus Medical News Video Interview with Dr. Hessel

Our very own Dr. Julio Cruz was interviewed on Good Day Columbus after he ran the 2014 Boston Marathon.  ABC6 also came to our Dublin office to interview Dr. Cruz and the staff before he headed to Boston for the marathon.


By contactus
May 07, 2012
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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and the first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday, which is a day dedicated to melanoma skin cancer detection.  As the summer quickly approaches, May is a great month to be sure that your skin has been checked out before the summer fun begins.  Having your skin examined completely, from head to toe, once yearly is a great habit to be sure that nothing suspicious is present on your skin.  And if a suspicious lesion is present on your skin, then you should want it evaluated.

Why is May a better month for a complete skin examination than later in the summer?  If you need a biopsy, you don’t want a healing biopsy site to interfere with summer activities such as traveling and swimming.  Also, moles that are biopsied within a month of significant sun exposure may show temporary abnormalities that are harder to interpret microscopically.  And, of course, with each summer, there is permanent sun damage that increases one's risk of skin cancer.  So, come in for a complete skin examination.  In the spirit of Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday, we are offering FREE skin cancer screenings performed by our nurse practitioner.  Call for an appointment!