MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA IN SITU ASSOCIATED WITH ACTINIC KERATOSIS: FORTUITOUS OR SERENDIPITOUS?

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) commonly presents as a malignancy confined to the dermis. Fewer than 10% of cases show varying degrees of epidermal involvement. Only a small number of cases of entirely intraepidermal ‘in situ’ MCC (MCCIS) have been reported. 2–8: All but one of these cases were encountered as an incidental histopathological finding in the presence of an otherwise common cutaneous lesion, such as squamous cell carcinoma in situ, 2–5 trichilemmal cyst or seborrheic keratosis.

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THE ART OF BEAUTIFUL SKIN

beautiful-skin-mediaBostonian suburbanites desiring to get their skin looking its finest while avoiding big city traffic can turn to the APDerm® Center for Cosmetic Services, where comprehensive medical and cosmetic skin care procedures take place in a modern spa-like setting.

Founded in 1992 and under the direction of board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Samuel D. Goos, the practice consists of three offices, replete with original art, Brazilian cherry floors, suspended glass counter sinks and state-of-the-art exam chairs. The professional, wide-ranging practice consists of 27 treatment rooms, board-certified dermatologists, dermatology certified nurse practitioners, and medical aestheticians.

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SUN SAFE SUMMER SKIN

Just about everyone loves the sun and the healthy glow it imparts. However, there is a wrinkle to sun-worshipping and that is wrinkles, dangerous sun damage, and hyperpigmentation.

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THE DANGERS OF TANNING

Jaime Regen Rea wanted to be tan and popular. She went from a self-proclaimed tanning addict to a melanoma patient in just a couple of years and died just three weeks shy of her 30th birthday. Because her family believes no one should die from a tan, some family members share Jaime’s emotional story in the American Academy of Dermatology’s TV and print public service advertisements (PSAs). The Academy also is distributing a radio PSA, “Wannabe,” which is a contemporary folk song performed by a professional recording artist that encourages people not to tan and instead embrace their natural look.

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Research shows indoor tanning increases a person’s melanoma risk by 75 percent. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for 25 to29 year-olds and the second most common form of cancer for 15 to 29 year-olds. UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds also has been associated with non-melanoma skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as wrinkles and age spots.