What Skin Type Am I?

How does knowing my skin type help to estimate risk of skin cancer and melanoma? Your skin type is a measure of how your skin behaves when exposed to Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) from either the sun or from tanning lamps. Unfortunately, all of the children in the above photo are at risk of skin cancer, from the blond child to the African-American child. How Can I Tell What Skin Type I Am? In the 1970s, Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Dermatologist of Harvard’s Department of Dermatology, first described the different skin types, regarding how readily one’s skin would burn or tan. These Fitzpatrick Skin Types run from type 1 to type VI, as follows: Fitzpatrick Skin Type Skin color/Tendency to burn or

What is an atypical mole (dysplastic nevus)?

An atypical mole is generally considered by many Dermatologists to be a marker of someone who is at an increased risk of future development of a type of skin cancer called melanoma. These moles were originally described by a Dermatologist and Pathologist at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s, Dr. Wallace Clark, as “dysplastic nevi,” or “Clark’s nevi,” in certain families where people had generally darker and more numerous moles and also several family members had developed a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Since the 1970s, large studies have shown that as many as 2-4% of the American population carries at least one mole that meets the original description of an atypical mole, a

Optimizing One's Skin&Joints for an Active Lifestyle

In order to be in optimal shape for both exercise and fitness, it’s helpful to have healthy skin and healthy joints. We at Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC are a two-physician practice at 8143 Walnut Grove Road, in Cordova, TN, dedicated to helping people have healthy skin and healthy joints in order to maintain an active l ifestyle. ​​SMLXL GlycoSheaAmberSoy The dermatology end of Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC is chaired by yours truly – George Woodbury Jr. M.D. Dermatologists are specialists in the medical and surgical care of the skin, the hair, and the fingernails and toenails. Two important skin conditions that affect athletes and active young people are onycho

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