Ask the Doctor: Indoor Tanning by Dr. Mary M. Dobson

What is indoor tanning? Indoor tanning is using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get a tan. Indoor tanning has been linked with skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), squamous cell carcinoma, and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma).   Dangers of Indoor Tanning Indoor tanning exposes users to both […]

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Ask the Doctor: Bacterial Infections of the Skin by Dr. Jordan L. Whatley M.D.

Ask the Doctor   Bacterial Infections of the Skin     by Dr. Jordan L. Whatley M.D.   What is a bacterial infection of the skin? MRSA, staph folliculitis, staph abscess …. these are a few medical phrases that the general public is unfortunately becoming more familiar. In order for someone to get the most common bacterial infections […]

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Scars and How They Form

What are Scars and how do They Form? The scar you received when you fell off your bike as a child, from a recent car accident, surgery or even from acne may be a constant and painful reminder.  While you may not feel any physical pain from these wounds, scars can make you feel self-conscious or […]

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Ask the Doctor: Melanoma by Dr. Tom J. Meek, Jr.

Ask the Doctor   Melanoma by Dr. Tom J. Meek, Jr. What is melanoma? Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the pigment-producing cells in the skin. Other names for this cancer include malignant melanoma and cutaneous melanoma. Because most melanoma cells still make pigment, melanoma tumors are usually brown or black. But some melanomas do not make pigment and […]

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Ask the Doctor: Sun Safety by Dr. Lori Byrd

Ask the Doctor   Sun Safety  by Dr. Lori Byrd What is sun safety? Sun safety is the practice of taking simple steps to reduce overexposure to the sun’s rays while still enjoying the outdoors. Practicing sun safety can dramatically reduce your incidence of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. […]

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