Moles on a child’s skin are generally nothing to worry about. New moles appear during childhood and adolescence. As the child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger. It’s also normal for moles on a child’s skin to darken or lighten. Some moles fade away. These changes are common and rarely a sign of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can begin in a mole.
In fact, melanoma is rare in young children. Even so, there are times when a mole should be checked by a dermatologist just to be sure. Caught early, melanoma is highly treatable.
The following can help you decide when a dermatologist should examine your child.
Changing mole – It’s normal for a mole to grow at the same rate as a child. It’s also natural for a child’s moles to get darker or lighter.
If a mole is growing (or changing) quickly, this can be worrisome. A mole can also be worrisome if a change causes the mole to look different from your child’s other moles. Dermatologists call these moles “ugly ducklings.” Such changes can be a sign of melanoma.
HealthDay (4/20, Doheny) reports researchers found that women who drink white wine and liquor may have a higher risk of developing rosacea, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The article mentions that patients who have “acnelike rosacea” may have an immune system that is “reacting to a single bacterium,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Healio (4/20, Thiel) reports the researchers also found that smoking “did not affect the association between alcohol intake and rosacea risk.”
The New York Times (9/11, Krisch) “Well” blog reports that over the past decade, “research has begun to accumulate suggesting that dogs may be able to smell the subtle chemical differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, including bladder cancer, melanoma and cancers of the lung, breast and prostate.” However, “scientists debate whether the research will result in useful medical applications.” Research presented earlier this year indicated “that two German shepherds trained at the Italian Ministry of Defense’s Military Veterinary Center in Grosseto were able to detect prostate cancer in urine with about 98 percent accuracy, far better than the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.” However, “in another recent study of prostate-cancer-sniffing dogs, British researchers reported that promising initial results did not hold up in rigorous double-blind follow-up trials.”
On Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices?”
“I have seen first-hand a number of patients that could have had the consultation done virtually and prevented an onerous trip to the office, to an urgent care or to the emergency room. For example, included are specific patients who could have a teledermatology consultation and receive treatment at their home or facility. An 89-year-old woman who lives alone at home, with no family in the area, and who would need to be brought to the doctor via wheelchair and transport vehicle, may be more easily evaluated via telemedicine. A nursing home patient with dementia, who requires a nursing aid and transportation and coordination costs from the nursing home to evaluate a leg ulcer or an early infection, could be effectively evaluated via teledermatology. Finally, a 2 year old with severe eczema and infections who cannot get in to see a dermatologist due to lack of access to a Medicaid dermatologist and inability for parents to transport her during their work hours across the city, two bus rides away, could be easily evaluated and/or monitored via teledermatology.” – Dr. Brenda Dintiman
Watch the video to hear experts testify before the committee. Witnesses include Karen Rheuban, director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth; Maggie Basgall, on behalf of NTCA —The Rural Broadband Association; and Dr. Brenda Dintiman, for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum explains what goes on during a skin exam and the warning signs that may put you at risk for skin cancer.
By Melissa Romero, Washingtonian Magazine
Regardless of whether we follow it, the rule of thumb is that you should get a checkup from your primary doctor once every year. But there’s one equally important annual appointment that often gets tossed to the side: an exam with a dermatologist.
New York City officials proposed that the city be responsible for enforcing a state law barring minors younger than 17 from tanning salons, giving city inspectors authority over unlicensed salons and requiring training for operators of ultraviolet ray-emitting equipment. The city would also launch a public health campaign to educate the public about health risks from overexposure to UV radiation. Metro (New York) (10/15)