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Skin Cancer – On The Eyelid

Skin Cancer - On The Eyelid

Treating eyelid cancer often requires coordinated care between a Mohs surgeon and an ophtlamic plastic and reconstructive specialist.  Working side by side, Drs. Jeffrey Ellis & Rachel Ellis specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction of eyelid skin cancers.

The eyelid region is one of the most common sites for nonmelanoma skin cancers.  In fact, skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) account for five to ten percent of all skin cancers.

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Wantagh Park Skin Cancer Screening A Great Success!

Wantagh Park Skin Cancer Screening A Great Success!

Photo from left to right: Assemblyman Dave McDonough, R-Merrick, CCMAC co-founder and Executive Director Colette Coyne, Dr. Steve McClain,  Eli McClain, Dr. Amy Slear, Dr. Jeffrey Ellis, & State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R- Merrick

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo,, R-Merrick, and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) partnered to  sponsor a free skin cancer screening program at Wantagh Park this past Thursday to help protect residents from skin cancer

CCMAC worked with Dr. Jeffrey Ellis & Dr. Amy Slear of Belaray Dermatology, Dr. Steve McClain of McClain Labs, and doctors from Stony Brook Hospital Dermatology Service to provide free screenings at Wantagh Park.

A total of 164 visitors were screened, with 1/3rd requiring referral to a dermatologist for a suspected skin cancer. One in five people will be diagnosed with some
type of skin cancer in their lifetime. Malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, is the fastest growing cancer in America, claiming one life every hour. People of all ethnic backgrounds and races can get skin cancer. One blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence more than doubles melanoma risk later in life.

Identifying and treating a melanoma early can be a life saving event. You can find more information about how to do a self-skin exam and what to look for here.

Tanner Park Skin Cancer Screening A Success

Tanner Park Skin Cancer Screening A Success

We wanted to thank CCMAC and New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. for putting together the wonderful skin cancer screening event at Tanner Park this past week.  In total, 151 visitors received a free skin cancer screening.  1 out of every 3 were referred to a dermatologist for a suspicious lesion; 4 of which were potentially malignant melanoma.

Identifying and treating a melanoma early can be a life saving event. You can find more information about how to do a self-skin exam and what to look for here.

Sunday Afternoon Hats Available In The Office!

Sunday Afternoon Hats Available In The Office!

Hats are one of the best ways to protect your face from ultraviolet radiation.  They are reliable, cost effective and fun to wear!  Sometimes a good hat is hard to find – so we wanted to make it easy.  No excuses!  We have several styles and colors to choose from.  Available in Baby, Child, Youth, and Adult sizes.

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Free Skin Cancer Screening July 21, 2011

Free Skin Cancer Screening July 21, 2011

We look forward to supporting the Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr and the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC) by volunteering to help in their free skin cancer screening.  No appointments are required.  The screening will take place from noon to 3:30pm on July 21 at Tanner Park.  If you would like more information, please call (516) 882-0630.

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NY State Lifeguard Skin Cancer Screening 2011

NY State Lifeguard Skin Cancer Screening 2011

Lifeguards are always watching after us – but this weekend a group of Long Island Dermatologists had an opportunity to help look after them.  The NY State Lifeguards were certifying for the season at Nassau Community College, and physicians including Dr. Jeffrey Ellis, Erin Schoor, Peter O’Neill, Pam Basuk, Peter Reisfeld, and Steve Mc Clain were on hand to offer skin cancer screenings to all.  The screening was organized by CCMAC. We hope that this becomes an annual event, which we look forward to supporting in the future.

 

A Tip For The Beach – How To Clean Those Dirty Feet!

A Tip For The Beach - How To Clean Those Dirty Feet!

Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and many of you will be venturing to the beach.  You already know to bring the basics – hat, umbrella, sunscreen, sun protective clothing, a sun protective shelter, and to try to avoid the peak ours of UV radiation intensity (10am-4pm).  But did you remember to bring the Baby Powder Baby Powders).  Why you ask?

There is nothing more frustrating than the difficulty in getting sand off your skin when you are ready to go home.  It can both make a mess, and cause friction and blisters on the skin.  One of the best ways to remove it is to use a nice baby powder after drying off.  Once you give it a try – you will never want to go to the beach again without it.  I guarantee it!

Have a great summer – and remember to be sun smart!

Mohs Surgery Animation

Mohs surgery is done in our office using a local anesthetic. During Mohs surgery, a thin layer of tissue is removed and examined for cancer.  Dr. Jeffrey Ellis repeats the process as many times as necessary until the cancer cells are gone.

Multiple lesions can be done in one surgical session. Reconstruction (if needed) is routinely performed the same day, usually by Dr. Jeffrey Ellis or Dr. Rachel Ellis who specializes in Oculoplastic and Facial Reconstruciton.  When necessary reconstruction can also be coordinated with the help of other surgical specialists.

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Skin Cancer Treatment on Long Island – Mohs Surgery Information

Skin Cancer Treatment on Long Island - Mohs Surgery Information

Mohs surgery is available in our Plainview office, and is performed by Dr. Jeffrey Ellis a fellowship-trained member of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery  is an advanced treatment for skin cancer that offers the highest cure rate – even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another procedure. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the ability of a microscope to trace out and ensure removal of the skin cancer’s roots. This procedure allows physicians who have completed a fellowship in Mohs surgery to see beyond the visible disease and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs surgery is most often used to treat two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, however it is also an effective treatment for other types of skin cancer.
Clinical studies have shown that the cure rate for Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the highest of all treatments for previously untreated basal cell carcinoma – 99 percent – and 95 percent for recurrent basal cell carcinomas. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, this procedure minimizes the chance of recurrence and decreases the potential for scarring or disfigurement. As such, Mohs surgery offers the highest potential for complete removal of the cancer, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

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Poison Ivy Facts, Myths & Tips

Poison Ivy Facts, Myths & Tips

Now that spring is near, it is a great time to go out and clean up the yard.  Spring and Fall are also the most common times we see lots of patients suffering with poison ivy.  If you are going to work in an area with suspected poison ivy, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid the rash.

  1. BEFORE going to the area with suspected poison ivy, apply a product called Ivy Block.  This product is very effective at neutralizing the chemical that is responsible for poison ivy/oak.
  2. Be sure to keep all exposed areas covered.  Tuck pants into socks.  Wear gloves.  Etc.  After returning, be sure to change all clothing, and wash skin well with soap and water.
  3. If you do get poison ivy, please call us right away.  Many times we can abort a severe attack if treated promptly.  We will always do our very best to see you as soon as possible.

Here are some myths that you may find useful about poison ivy.

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