Men and Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is deadly for men but doesn’t need to be, as they are more likely than women to develop and die from it. Learn how men can protect their skin and their life. Knowledge is power, so please share this information with the men you care about. Read more >>

Sun Safety Basics

The sun makes us happy but can be our skin’s worst enemy. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning beds is the primary cause of skin cancer. Approximately 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanoma cancers are associated with exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The good news is that it’s easy to reduce your skin cancer risk by practicing sun safety. Read more >>

Skin Cancer Prevention

Don’t become another cancer statistic. Skin cancer is easily preventable and if detected early, is highly treatable. The five-year survival rate for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is 99% if detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes. Read more >>

Conditions Treated

Dermatology Associates & Surgery Center providers treat over 3,000 conditions that affect your skin, hair and nails, including skin cancer. They also can detect early signs of undiagnosed internal health issues such as diabetes and thyroid disease and refer patients to specialists for follow-up care. Seeing a dermatology provider for a Total Body Skin Exam is one of the most effective actions you can take to maintain optimal wellness. Read more >>

Skin Self-Exams

The best way to detect skin cancer early is by regularly examining your skin at home, ideally once a month, and an annual skin exam with your Dermatology Associates & Surgery Center provider. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., affecting one in five Americans. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, is 99%. Skin cancer is cancer that you can SEE. Monthly self-exams will allow you to become familiar with your skin and notice changes in freckles, moles and other spots, a valuable tool in early detection. Skin cancer can appear anywhere, in various shapes and sizes, and may even look like other skin conditions. In general, you want to check for anything that is new, changing or unusual. Some of the more common ways skin cancer may appear Read more >>

Total Body Skin Exams

Your skin is the body’s largest organ and its first line of defense. Caring for it with a quality regimen, daily sunscreen, monthly skin self-exams, and an annual skin exam with your dermatology provider are important wellness goals. A Total Body Skin Exam allows us to check your skin from head to toe for signs of cancer and other conditions, including acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. We can discuss healthy skin habits as well as recommend the optimal skincare regimen for your skin type. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with one in five Americans developing it in their lifetime. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma at least once. The good news: when detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. The Skin Cancer Foundation Read more >>

Resolutions for Healthy Skin

Resolve to take better care of your skin by implementing these simple skincare resolutions to help you have healthy, clear, beautiful skin all year. I will apply a broad-spectrum, SPF 30+ sunscreen every morning. The sun causes more damage — skin cancers, wrinkles, freckles and hyperpigmentation — than any other environmental factor. UV rays can damage skin even when the temperature drops, or the sun is hidden. I will wash my face every day. Reduce breakouts and clogged pores by using a gentle cleanser for your skin type. Cleanse every morning before applying makeup and also before bed. I will moisturize daily. Moisturizing helps skin stay smooth, clear and wrinkle-free. Moisturizers benefit all skin types, even those with acne. Avoid ingredients such as parabens, fragrances, phthalates and formaldehyde. I will commit to a regimen and invest in products that optimize my skin’s health. In addition to a cleanser, moisturizer and daily Read more >>


Psoriasis is a common, non-contagious skin condition believed to be an immune response causing increased production of new skin cells. A patient’s skin accumulates dead cells on the skin’s surface because the skin is unable to shed old skin cells quickly enough. At this time, there is no cure for psoriasis. Still, many advanced and effective treatments have made an enormous difference for patients as well as suggestions on how to avoid triggers that can lead to symptom flare-ups. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Psoriasis symptoms and treatment options with Jennifer Whaley, NP Symptoms Symptoms vary from person to person and by psoriasis type, and can be mild or severe. Symptoms can occur anywhere; however, they are often found on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp and include: Itchy, red, scaly patches on the skinDry or cracked skinSkin tenderness or painJoint pain (psoriatic arthritis)Thick Read more >>

Chronic Skin Conditions

As clinicians it is common for us to see patients who self-diagnose and try to self-treat their skin flare ups or irritations. However, according to Jennifer Whaley, FNP, “Uncontrolled chronic skin conditions are obviously a physical burden, but it’s so much more than that. It can largely impact a person’s mental, emotional and social well-being.” For example, many patients think they have acne and look online for acne products, even high-potency acne products. But if your condition is rosacea, it is deeper than your skin and you will need the help of an expert. Similarly, treatment for deep acne breakouts, such as acne cysts, will require prescription medication. Patients with chronic skin conditions may sometimes think that a change in their skin is just the manifestation of their condition when, in fact, it may be something new. To ensure that the patient is not developing skin cancer or another condition, Read more >>

Quick Tips from a Pro: Acne Care and Prevention

That sporadic pimple, an occasional breakout, or chronic acne – do you struggle with any of these acne issues? Acne can occur at all ages and stages of life. At Dermatology Associates and Surgery Center, our team of skin care professionals see patients with acne concerns from the early teens up to people in their late seventies.  We asked one of our skin care professionals, Tommy Dooley II, PA-C, SDPA Diplomate Fellow, to share easy care for helping clear up acne: Less is more! A daily skin care routine should be kept simple, as too many products can cause irritation to the face and potentially worsen acne. Quick tips for acne care and prevention Wash your face twice a day: I recommend a gentle cleanser that is close to the same pH as your skin.If you are involved with physical activities or sports, I advise washing your face nightly, even Read more >>