Study Reveals That Melanoma May Have Hidden Biomarkers

17AID07_Blog_SanfordHurnham_melanoma_72Melanoma is always a concern for those living in the Sunshine State. Not only are residents exposed to harmful rays year round, many older men and women retire to Florida to lay in the sun during their senior years. As Michael Steppie, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Florida State University, has often pointed out, the incidence of melanoma in men above the age of 65 is twice as high as the rate in women. By age 80, the rate triples. With older men being the largest high-risk group, melanoma prevention and early detection is especially important in reducing the mortality rate for this group. After all, research suggests that nearly 90 percent of melanomas could be preventable.

Dr. Steppie recently collaborated with Ranjan Perera, Ph.D., associate professor at Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona and other colleagues to study new biomarkers that could potentially provide earlier and more reliable clinical diagnostics for the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the past, many dermatologists warned vitiligo patients suffering from the disorder that generates white patches on their skin that they could be at a higher risk for skin cancer. It seemed to be a reasonable warning as sufferers lack the natural protection of the skin pigment melanin. However, more recent studies into the genetics of vitiligo revealed that the genes, which increase the risk of vitiligo may simultaneously decrease the person’s risk for melanoma.*

In the past, it was believed that vitiligo was an autoimmune disorder, but the research studies at Sanford Burnham Prebys have identified a microRNA called miR-211 as a possible culprit. The role of microRNAs are to prevent gene expression. Since damaged vitiligo skin cells are void of this RNA, it appears to be a disease involving abnormal cellular energy metabolism. While going from target to treatment could take time, identifying miR-211 and the genes it regulates could be promising therapeutic targets. Presently, Perera and Steppie are working to launch large -scale studies that could verify the promising findings published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

As a noted Florida dermatologist and long-time advocate of melanoma prevention, Dr. Steppie offers these sun safety tips for all people who live in warm regions:

  • Remember that all skin types can develop skin cancer including people who tan easily or have naturally dark skin.
  • Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin — even on cloudy days — year-round.
  • Use a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 SPF.
  • Apply approximately one ounce of sunscreen (a shot-glassful) 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat (preferably sun-protective clothing, accessories and swimwear carrying a UPF 50+ label) and UV-Blocking sunglasses.
  • Seek shade when possible. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Water, snow and sand reflect and magnify the damaging rays of the sun, increasing your chance of sunburn. Especially during peak hours while at the beach, stay in the shade from an umbrella carrying a UPF 50+.
  • Avoid tanning beds – there is no way to get a tan through UV exposure without increasing the risk for skin cancer. Using a tanning bed before age 35 increases your risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
  • Be aware that certain prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight
  • Sun-proof your car windows with UVA-filtering window glass or film.

Source: Melanoma Research Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology

*NOTE: Having vitiligo does not mean you cannot get skin cancer, so it is very important for those with the disorder to use recommended forms of sun protection and visit his or her dermatologist for regular checkups. In addition to increasing the risk of skin cancer, sunburn can make vitiligo worse.

Skin Cancer Screenings for Melanoma Awareness Month

17AID05_Blog_skincancerscreeningAs the recurring sponsor of the daily UV Index feature on Fox 35 in Orlando, Associates in Dermatology has become well known in many of the Central Florida communities served by our 15 locations. In turn, it has become our goal to reach out to each community in hopes of saving lives through better patient outcomes for all skin cancer treatments. “The journey begins with educating key members in the community and making everyone aware of the vital role that routine screenings play in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer,” said Dr. Michael Steppie, Associates in Dermatology President and Medical Director.

May is “Melanoma Awareness Month”, a nationwide observance founded by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to spread the word about the importance of early detection for the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition to providing better sun-safety education through their community outreach programs, Associates in Dermatology is committed to providing FREE* skin cancer screenings at each location during May. With rates for both incidences and deaths continuing to rise, melanoma is a major health concern for everyone living in warmer climates like Florida.

Consider the statistical research collected by American Academy of Dermatology:

  • An estimated 161,790 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2017.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • On average, one American dies from melanoma every hour.
  • People with 50+ moles, atypical or large moles are at an increased risk for melanoma.
  • Before age 50, melanoma incidence rates are higher in women than men.
  • By age 65, melanoma incidence rates are twice as high in men.
  • Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females ages 15-29.
  • In 2017, it is estimated that 9,730 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.
  • Five-year survival rates for melanoma detected and treated early is 98 percent.
  • Each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people.

In an article penned by Dr. Michael Steppie and published in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, about half of all melanoma skin cancer occurs in men over age 50. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men. The incidence of melanoma in men ages 80 and older is three times higher than women of the same age.
Our dedication to promoting melanoma awareness and providing free skin cancer screenings each May has made Associates in Dermatology one of the most trusted sources for high quality care for those seeking skin cancer prevention and treatment. Remember skin cancer can strike anyone at any time and early detection is crucial to delivering life-saving treatments in a timely manner, so call to schedule your free skin cancer screening today.

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

Celebrate July 4th With a New Sun-Safe Look

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Summertime fashions have certainly changed over the past century, from the high-collars and floor-sweeping skirts of the Gibson Girl age, to the knee-grazing, shoulder-baring of the Flapper era, to Christian Dior’s post-war, softened “New Look,” to the fluid, Disco-inspired fads of the 1970s and so on. But never has the apparel industry created anything quite so fashionable AND functional as today’s sun-blocking textile technologies.

Clothing is the single most effective form of protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Perhaps driven by the savviness of today’s health-conscious consumers, clothing manufacturers increasingly are focusing on these new textile technologies that not only offer broad-spectrum sun protection but also reflect the sun’s infrared rays, wick sweat away from the skin and cool the body.

Summertime excursions to the beach, swimming pool, golf course, park or favorite fishing spot invariably place you and your family in the sun for hours at the time – especially during the school break and hot-weather holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Plus, splashing in the water or feeling the wind created by a speeding boat can create a deceptively cool sensation on your skin. While the wind and water can minimize the feel of the sun’s heat, keep in mind that those damaging UV rays are always there, posing a constant risk to your family’s health.

To better protect yourself and your family, choose your new summertime wardrobe by shopping these top-quality, trusted brands, each of which has earned the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for sun protective clothing and hats:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Coolibar
  • J. Crew
  • Land’s End
  • O’Neill Wetsuits
  • Quicksilver
  • Roxy
  • Specialized Bicycles
  • Sundriven
  • Wallaroo Hats Company
  • Whitworth Hats

While shopping, be sure to look for items labeled with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings, which communicate just how well a particular garment filters out the sun’s UV rays – the higher the UPF, the better the protection. For example, a light cotton T-shirt with a UPF of five will allow one fifth of the sun’s UV rays to penetrate the fabric and reach your skin, while a long-sleeved denim shirt with a UPF of 1,700 offers near full protection. The brands we’ve listed meet strict requirements that include a UPF of 30 or higher and acceptable test results according the standards of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists method or AS/NZS Standard.

If a new summer wardrobe isn’t in your budget, chances are a few items already in your closet will offer protection, too. Polyester, nylon, wool, silk and denim all are effective fabric choices, particularly those made by San Soleil and Sun Soaked. Skip loosely woven, bleached cottons and crepe, as these fabrics offer little or no protection from the sun.

Don’t let poor fashion choices place you at risk for accelerated aging and potential development of skin cancer by exposing your skin to the sun. After all, healthy, smooth, vibrant skin is a most alluring fashion statement of its own. Choose sun-smart styles and don a high SPF broad spectrum sunblock every time you venture outside. Ideally, choose a sunblock that’s free of chemical sun filters. A top choice is Steppie MD Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, available in tube and spray versions – and even as a BB cream! Also, be sure to schedule regular skin cancer screenings at one of Associates in Dermatology’s 14 Central Florida locations.

Remember that covering up is the best line of defense for you and your loved ones.

For further details on SUN SAFE clothing check out this article in a recent volume of the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal.

http://skincancer.epubxp.com/t/17089/39

Associates in Dermatology Kicks Off Melanoma Awareness Month with Communitywide Skin Cancer Screenings

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a nationwide observance designed by the American Academy of Dermatology to spread the word about the soaring rates of skin cancer and importance of early detection. Melanoma is among the deadliest forms of cancer and a major concern for residents of areas with warm climates, like Florida. Despite continuing research and advancements in treatment technology, the rate of melanoma diagnoses has been on the rise over the past 30 years in America.

Consider these statistics:

  • One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives.
  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2016.
  • Melanoma will claim the lives of upward of 10,130 Americans this year.
  • Melanoma affects people of every skin type.
  • Melanoma affects an average 1 in 40 Caucasians; 1 in 200 Hispanics and 1 in 1,000 African Americans.
  • The risk of melanoma increases with age, but the disease can strike at any time. In fact, Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in young adults age 20-39, especially young women who frequently sunbathe or use tanning beds.

Risk factors for melanoma include exposure to the sun; atypical moles; fair, freckled skin and light colored hair; a weakened immune system; age; and a personal or family history of melanoma or other skin cancers. In the United States, men have a higher rate of melanoma than women, although this varies by age. Before age 45, the risk is higher for women; after age 45 the risk is higher in men. In fact, in an article penned by Associates in Dermatology President and Medical Director and published in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, about half of all melanoma skin cancer occur in men over age 50. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in men and one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men.

To help protect those in the community we love, Associates in Dermatology is offering *free cancer screenings at each of our current 12 locations and at various community events like the recent Heart to Heart Annual Women’s Information Expo & Health Safety Awareness Event held at Waterford Lakes May 1st.  Our skin cancer awareness and community outreach initiatives have spread across six counties and been covered in many popular publications including:

  • Apopka Chief
  • Better Living
  • Celebration News
  • CMD
  • Four Corners
  • Insight Magazine
  • The News Leader
  • Orange Appeal
  • Osceola Woman Magazine
  • Life at Hunter’s Creek
  • Orlando Family Magazine
  • Orlando the Beautiful
  • Osceola Newspaper
  • Osceola Woman Magazine
  • Poinciana Pioneer
  • The Planter
  • Solavita Reflections
  • The SouthEast Post

We also were featured in a recent issue of Orlando Style Magazine, Central Florida’s leading luxury lifestyle publication, which ranks Associates in Dermatology as the top winner in the Dermatology Practice category of its Readers Choice Awards.

Our dedication to promoting skin cancer awareness and providing free screenings and information each May has made Associates in Dermatology the area’s most trusted source for high quality care for those seeking skin cancer prevention and treatment. Associates in Dermatology also has sponsored the daily UV Index feature on Orlando’s Fox 35 for five consecutive years.

Remember that skin cancer can strike anyone at any time and early detection is critical, as potentially life-saving treatment is far more effective in the early stages of the disease. So, our free screenings are an opportunity not to be missed! Call to schedule yours today. And, look for our two new locations opening in Mount Dora and Hunter’s Creek in June!

Find out more on the various forms of skin cancer:

http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

Find out more on melanoma & tips to spot it:

http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-warning-signs

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

 

Want Beautiful Skin? Associates in Dermatology Has Just the Formula for You

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Any artist will tell you that it takes just the right tools – the right paint brush, the right color palette, the right canvas – to create a beautiful painting. Such is the case when you’re looking to get beautiful, healthy skin. That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie and Orlando’s Associates in Dermatology offer a range of skincare products targeting a range of skin health issues. You’ll find only top-quality, highly researched and expertly developed formulas at our 12 area locations.

For years, patients from throughout Central Florida and beyond have trusted Dr. Steppie and his team of highly specialized and dedicated skincare professionals to safely and effectively treat them and their entire families. From children experiencing skin conditions such as eczema to young adults learning to keep acne at bay to elders looking to turn back the clock a bit, Associates in Dermatology has you covered. Our skin health professionals can prescribe highly targeted medications or topical creams and ointments; recommend appropriate over-the counter products; or even provide cutting-edge formulas from the exclusive STEPPIE MD skin care line, available in all Associates in Dermatology locations.

Many of our patients report excellent, visibly noticeable results using our intensive serums designed to help resurface the skin texture, minimize age spots and pigmentation, and visibly minimize tell-tale wrinkles that can make one look older than he or she feels. On-site treatments such as medial-grade chemical peels and laser anti-aging resurfacing can help to reset the clock on your appearance, while prescribed at-home regiments help to prolong the effects of these customized treatments.

Associates in Dermatology’s skincare products feature targeted and highly potent, yet gentle formulas for cleansing care, moisturizing care and protective care, including two state-of-the-art sunscreen formulas. Following is a brief overview of the numerous top-quality, targeted treatments and take-home skincare products we offer:

Cleansing Care / Refresh · Purify

TONIC RITUAL – GENTLE BOTANICAL CLEANSER
This ultra-gentle botanical cleanser forms a creamy lather that washes away environmental pollutants, excess oil and make-up while leaving skin pristinely clean and refreshed. It is enriched with skin-conditioning ingredients and anti-oxidants. Soap and alcohol-free. Ph balanced. Non comedogenic. Paraben free.

FLAWLESS SKIN – medicated CLEANSERS 1 & 2
These medicated cleansers contain an ultra pure glycolic acid available in 5% or 10% coupled with the proven acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid used at a 2% concentration.
Both help clear and prevent acne, reduce breakouts and clogged pores. These may also help with enlarged pores, folliculitis and keratosis pilaris while boosting the removal of dead skin cells

Moisturizing Care / Protect · Hydrate · Nourish

INFINITY UV DEFENSE – BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+ | Tube
Free from chemical sunscreens, this weightless SPF 50 sunscreen offers the highest level of UVA/UVB protection. Its moisturizing formula is also enriched with 5 essential anti-oxidants and emollients.
Ideal for all skin types and especially gentle on sensitive and acne-prone skin. Oil-free. Alcohol-free. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Fast absorbing. Non-comedogenic. Non-whitening.

INFINITY UV DEFENSE – BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+ | Spray
This lightweight micronized zinc oxide sunscreen offers the same benefits as the tube version and this spray is ideal to cover larger body areas such as arms and décolleté, but also the face if swimming or sweating while outdoors. Water-resistant (40 minutes).

bb cream- antioxidant oil control sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50+
A skin-perfecting tinted BB cream that evens skin tone and powerfully protects your face from sun damage. This silky smooth, multi-tasking formula can either be worn alone or under foundation. It offers a SPF 50 protection with a superior physical sunscreen – Zinc Oxide-, oil control and is enriched with moisturizers and anti-oxidants. Its sheer tint visibly helps conceal minor skin imperfections on all skin tones. Fragrance-Free, Oil-Free, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free.

SMOOTH RADIANCE – INTENSIVE MOISTURIZING SERUM
This lightweight moisturizing serum replenishes the skin with 18% hyaluronic acid and 2 cutting-edge complexes plus Niacinamide. Ideal for all skin types, including oily skin. Oil and fragrance-free. Non comedogenic.

ETERNAL BLISS – LUXURIOUS REPLENISHING CREAM
A sumptuous wrinkle-defying cream enriched with, phyto stem cells, repairing anti-oxidants and a unique skin-identical lipid concentrate. It helps supports matrix repair throughout the night and restores skin’s comfort and youthful velvety texture.

Intensive Care / Renew · Treat · Repair

DIVINE APPEAL – RETINOL RENEWAL 1
This potent active retinol serum is available without a prescription. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, a time-tested ingredient which promotes flawless skin while boosting exfoliation to improve the appearance of skin texture, pores, pigmentation, as well as its youthfulness.

DIVINE APPEAL – RETINOL RENEWAL 2
This highly intensive retinol serum delivers great results. It is twice as potent as Retinol Renewal 1 and must be handled with care. Follow the instructions for our Associates in Dermatology’s health care provider.

IN THE LIGHT – INTENSIVE SKIN BRIGHTENER
Target UV damage and visibly fade away pigmentation spots! To assure maximum potency, this formula is freshly mixed upon purchase. A potent dose of 6% vitamin C, 4% kojic acid and alpha arbutin -therapeutically equivalent to 4% Hydroquinone-, is added in the serum. These ingredients all act in synergy with other natural skin brighteners and protective antioxidants that further help fortify the skin’s cellular matrix and repair UV damage.

ETHEREAL BEAUTY™ – ANTI-AGING CELLULAR SERUM
A breakthrough, needle-free serum powered by the Pro Organic Complex™, formulated and developed by Dr. Steppie. It is supercharged with potent sequoia leaf native cells* and a rejuvenating kelp extract** paired with replenishing olive oil blend that deliver exceptional anti-aging results. 95% organic. Premium aloe vera replaces water in the formula.
90% found an improvement in skin firmness**
85% found an improvement in the skin texture and hydration**

*/** In-vitro tests. **Self-evaluation: 2x/day application for 28 days. Study performed on 20 volunteers under dermatological control.

FLAWLESS SKIN – medicated PADS
Ultra pure 5% glycolic acid powerfully exfoliates dead cells and surface grime while helping boost the penetration of the proven, OTC drug acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid used at the maximum strength, 2% concentration. Helps clear and prevent acne, reduce breakouts and clogged pores. These pads may also help with enlarged pores, folliculitis and keratosis pilaris while boosting the removal of dead skin cells.

VIRTUOUS EYES – INTENSIVE EYE REPAIR
This clinically proven formula visibly rejuvenates the eye contour. Boosted with a patented complex, 8 anti-puffiness and dark circle ingredients, 7 moisture boosters and 8 anti-oxidants! Clinically proven to reduce dark circles and puffiness and to minimize lines and wrinkles depth and volume.

All Steppie MD products are produced and manufactured in the USA in state-of-the-art, FDA registered facilities. So, if you’re looking to improve your skin’s appearance for a smooth, vibrant, picture-perfect look, visit your nearest Associates in Dermatology location for a customized treatment plan and at-home skincare regiment. Our targeted formulas are designed to meet your specific needs, so be sure to ask your healthcare provider which products will work best for you.

New Study Reveals Simple Way to Cut Melanoma Risk in Half

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Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can have a range of effects from premature aging to skin cancer. But for those who live in regions with near year-round high temperatures, the risk rises. Here in sunny Florida, where days spent lingering at the beach, by the pool or on the golf course are frequent, melanoma (the deadliest and most common form of skin cancer) is responsible for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths statewide. Since 1975, the skin cancer death rate among Florida residents over age 50 had doubled. Research shows those living in St. Johns County are at highest risk, with a melanoma death rate 96 percent higher than the national average.

Yet, there is a simple way to dramatically reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Results of an Australian study show that daily application of an SPF 16 sunscreen to the head, neck, arms and hands can cut melanoma incidence by half. Researchers studied more than 1,600 study participants for over a decade, half of whom used sunscreen daily while the other half did not. At the end of the study, only 11 melanomas were reported among the participants who used sunscreen daily, compared with 22 melanomas that developed in the control group.

But while it’s critical to apply sunscreen every day, it’s also important to understand that not all sunscreens are created equal. That’s because many of the sunscreens found on store shelves are filled with chemical sun filters that can actually do more to harm than help your skin. These chemical-based sunscreens can actually trigger pigmentation, making your complexion look uneven and aged. More importantly, chemical work by absorbing or scattering UV rays. This offers far less protection against developing melanoma or other skin cancers than physical sunscreens, which reflect harmful UV rays off the skin.

That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie developed Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens, offering anti-oxidant, broad spectrum, SPF 50+ protection. Available in cream and spray forms, these formulas stand out from others by offering a pure physical sunscreen – micronized zinc oxide, which leaves a transparent finish while providing up to 50 times your skin’s natural protection from sunburn. Other key benefits include:

  • Reflection of most UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays away from your skin’s surface;
  • Antioxidants and emollients that provide optimal protection from free radical damage;
  • Weightless, fast-absorbing and residue-free formulas;
  • Water resistance of up to 40 minutes (Spray Version);
  • Ideal for all skin types, gentle on sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Florida’s near year-round high temperatures mean lots of time spent outside. If you live in or frequently visit the sunshine state, Infinity UV Defense Sunscreens should be an integral part of your daily skincare ritual. Safeguard your skin’s health and prevent premature aging with a visit to one of Associate’s in Dermatology’s 12 Central Florida locations or by calling 800-827-SKIN (7546) to purchase yours today.

Learn more about skin cancer: http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

See more informative tips about playing it safe in the sun: http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-defense

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Do You Know the Risks?

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Among the latest media stories to go viral is that of Tawny Willoughby, a beautiful blonde wife and mother with a heartfelt message about the dangers of sunbathing and tanning beds. To see her smiling social media photos, one would assume that the bubbly 27-year-old is the picture of health – far too young to be at risk for a serious health issue like cancer. Yet, that’s exactly what she is facing right now, and she wants to help people like you avoid her plight by sharing her story just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Last month, Willoughby posted a heart-wrenching photo of her face covered in painful-looking scabs, along with the post: “If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like.”

Willoughby’s selfie and post since have gone viral and her story has been covered by multiple media outlets including CNN, CBS News, Good Morning America, People magazine and Huffington Post. But while her images are striking, they’re certainly not rare. In fact, one in five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives, statistics show.

Willoughby’s story is much like that of many teens and young adults. She tanned four to five times a week in high school, both in the sun and in tanning beds, which often are erroneously thought to be safer than the sun’s harmful UV rays. She has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma once and basal cell carcinoma five times since her first diagnosis at age 21, though she considers herself fortunate to have never been diagnosed with melanoma, the most prevalent and deadliest form of skin cancer which claims the lives of some 9,000 Americans each year (1 person dies of it every hour!).

She is much like the typical skin cancer patient we see here daily at each of Central Florida’s 12 Associates in Dermatology locations. For more than 25 years, our dedicated team, led by nationally renowned skin cancer specialist Dr. Michael Steppie, has helped to educate residents about the risks of skin cancer by providing free-of-charge skin cancer screenings*, sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature for several consecutive years and regularly contributing to print, television and online media coverage of skin cancer issues, including in the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal. No doubt, you’ve seen some of this coverage in local media outlets like Osceola Health, Osceola Woman Newspaper, Insight Magazine, Apopka Chief, The Planter, Solavita Reflections, Poinciana Pioneer, Life at Hunter’s Creek, Celebration News, News Leader/Four Corners, Better Living

With springtime wrapping up and summer just around the corner, remember that while the warm rays of the sun seem tempting, they also pose a range of risks from premature aging of your skin to potentially deadly skin cancer. We here at Associates in Dermatology urge you to adopt sun-smart practices including avoiding the sun especially between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, applying a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sun block to your skin; donning long sleeves and pants as well as broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and seeking shady areas when spending time outside. Also, get regular skin cancer screenings and, if you spot suspicious moles and skin lesions, schedule a consultation at your nearest Associates in Dermatology, where we offer comprehensive skin cancer treatment options.

Find out more on the various forms of skin cancer:
http://www.dermorlando.com/what-is-skin-cancer

Find out more on melanoma & tips to spot it:
http://www.dermorlando.com/skin-cancer-warning-signs

*Offer applies to new patients. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for free, discounted fee, reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Existing patients: Free only applies to those who have not been seen in 3+ years.

Healthy Skin – It’s Oh, So Fashionable!

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A century ago, during the latter part of the Victorian era, women’s fashions were marked by high, stiff collars, long sleeves and floor-sweeping skirts. Showing skin was unheard of. Then came the 1920s and the buttoned-up Gibson girl gave way to the free-spirited flapper. Hemlines now grazed the knees and arms emerged, bare all the way to the shoulder. The new look was far more than a fashion trend, but a reflection of changing societal mores. Later, after World War II took soldiers to tropical locations, it became more socially acceptable for men to wear short pants and short sleeved shirts. Unfortunately, these marked transformations in 20th century fashion proved the start of generations more susceptible than ever to developing skin cancer.

Dr. Michael Steppie, MD, president and medical director of Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology, regard patients as family. As such, he’s been known to dole out a bit of fatherly advice to patients – “Cover up!” At the peak of summer here in sunny Florida, that’s sage advice, in deed.

Clothing is the single most effective form of protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, and clothing manufacturers are banking on new textile technologies that not only offer broad-spectrum sun protection but also reflect the sun’s infrared rays, wick sweat away from the skin and cool the body. This is important because excursions to the beach, swimming pool or favorite fishing spots invariably place you and your family in the sun for hours at the time. Plus, splashing in the sun and feeling the wind created from the speed of a boat flying across the water can create a deceptively cooling sensation. While we may not feel the heat of the sun during these activities, those damaging rays are a constant presence, and a constant danger to your family’s health. To better protect yourself and your family, consider purchasing items from the following brands, each of which has earned the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation for sun protective clothing and hats:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Coolibar
  • J. Crew
  • Land’s End
  • O’Neill Wetsuits
  • Quicksilver
  • Roxy
  • Specialized Bicycles
  • Sundriven
  • Wallaroo Hats Company
  • Whitworth Hats

When shopping for new fashions, look for items labeled with UPF ratings. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and tells consumers how well a particular garment filters out the sun’s UV rays. Factor figures refer to just how much of the sun’s UV radiation permeates your clothing. For example, a light cotton T-shirt with a UPF of five will allow one fifth of the sun’s UV rays to penetrate the fabric and reach your skin. Whereas, a long-sleeved denim shirt with a UPF of 1,700 offers near full protection – virtually a sun block. The brands listed above meet staunch requirements that include a UPF of 30 or higher and acceptable test results according the standards of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists method or AS/NZS Standard.

But other more conventional clothing types also offer protection. Polyester, nylon, wool, silk and denim all are effective fabric choices. Loosely woven, bleached cottons and crepe offer little or no protection from the sun. Great brands to choose from include San Soleil and Sun Soaked.

Why risk the accelerated aging and potential development of skin cancer by exposing your skin to the sun? The fact is that healthy, smooth, vibrant skin is by far the most alluring fashion statement you can make. Dress wisely and use a high SPF broad spectrum sunblock every time you go outside. Ideally, choose a sunblock that’s free of chemical sun filters, such as Steppie MD Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, available in tube and spray versions. Also, be sure to schedule regular skin cancer screenings at one of our 12 Central Florida Associates in Dermatology locations.

Remember that covering up is the best line of defense for you and your loved ones.

For further details on SUN SAFE clothing check out this article in the latest volume of the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal.
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Experience Dr. Steppie’s Targeted Skincare Regimen – A Whole New Way to Love Your Skin!

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Because everyone’s skin is unique, there’s simply no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to skincare. That’s why Dr. Michael Steppie, of Orlando-based Associates in Dermatology is introducing his Targeted Skincare Regimen in all 12 Central Florida locations. Whether you’re suffering acne, experiencing signs of aging, preparing for a skincare procedure (like a chemical peel or laser treatment) or healing from one, Dr. Steppie has a skincare solution customized just for you.

Dr. Steppie’s foremost product is his Ethereal Beauty™ – Anti Aging Cellular Serum, a pro organic skincare serum supercharged with 95 percent certified organic elements like rare sequoia tree stem cells, kelp extract and the potent inner gel of the highest quality aloe vera. Since its introduction, positive client testimonials have rolled in weekly – all detailing the stunning results patients have experienced with Ethereal Beauty™, which can be used by patients with any and every skin type, and has proven highly effective for both women and men.

But unique skincare needs call for unique products. To that end, Dr. Steppie is introducing nine all-new products designed for various individual skincare issues. A few of the most in-demand are:

  • Smooth Radiance: An intensive moisturizing serum that features a high dose of 18% hyaluronic acid (the body’s natural moisturizer and lubricant), plus two cutting edge complexes clinically proven to help repair and revitalized sagging skin. Smooth Radiance pulls double duty, maximizing the anti-aging benefits of other skincare products when applied beneath.
  • Virtuous Eyes: An intensive eye repair serum clinically proven to visibly reduce the appearance of under eye dark circles and puffiness, and minimize lines and wrinkles by diminishing depth and boosting volume. This high performance eye care is loaded with a patented rejuvenating complex that includes eight powerful anti-puffiness and anti-dark circles additives, seven moisture boosters, eight anti-oxidants and multiple repairing nutrients like fatty acids and kelp extract.

Other new products sure to impress are Dr. Steppie’s Eternal Bliss, a luxurious replenishing night cream that lends a rested and refreshed look come morning; and Divine Appeal, a potent retinol serum that exfoliates and renews skin, improving the skin’s texture, minimizing pores and evening pigmentation.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and sun protection is THE foundational factor in great skincare. It’s the single most important preventative measure against skin aging and skin cancer. That’s why Dr. Steppie focused so much effort on creating high quality sun protection products. The new Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is available in two formulas (cream and spray). Both weightless formulas are free of chemical sun filters, and are made with multiple anti-oxidants plus a pure physical sunscreen, micronized zinc oxide, which leaves a transparent finish while providing up to 50 times your skin’s natural protection from sunburn.

So next time you visit Associates in Dermatology, make sure to take home a brochure (or call us toll-free at 800-827-SKIN to request one) and talk with our expert skincare professionals to determine which of Dr. Steppie’s new targeted formulas is best for your specific needs.

Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention is Dr. Steppie’s Heartfelt Mission

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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an annual four-week observance initiated by the Skin Cancer Foundation to help spread the word about the risk factors of this potentially devastating condition and educate Americans on ways to prevent it. But for Dr. Michael Steppie, of Central Florida’s Associates in Dermatology, every month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

One of the elite few dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons nationwide who are members of the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Amonette Circle, Dr. Steppie firmly believes that it’s his life’s purpose and mission to help spread awareness among the Central Florida community of the dangers that our sun-soaking lifestyles pose to our skin’s and our bodies’ health. His heartfelt drive mirrors that of Associates in Dermatology, which also has worked tirelessly to educate patients about skin cancer risks and preventative measures over the past 25 years.

Our area’s near-year-round warm, sunny climate means many days spent outdoors on the water, on the golf course or at parks – and that means a high level of exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to skin cancer. It also means that the rates of new skin cancer diagnoses are statistically far higher here in Florida than they are in other states.

But many Americans fail to take the risk seriously. Despite the fact that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer is the United States, topping the combined instances of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer, half of all adults nationwide report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months. Doctors see the results firsthand with treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers alone increasing by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006. The number of new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, rises each year, as well. In 2014, experts expect nearly 140,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed. And by 2015, it is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.

That’s why Dr. Steppie and his staff of top-notch skincare experts routinely hold free skin cancer screenings at each of Associates in Dermatology’s 12 Central Florida locations. Dr. Steppie also is a regular contributor to print, television and online media with articles and campaigns aimed at educating the public about the rates and risks of skin cancer, and encouraging them to adopt the simple practices that will help protect them. Associates in Dermatology is sponsoring Fox 35’s UV Index feature throughout the summer, and you may have seen Dr. Steppie’s skin cancer awareness campaign in May issues of The Orlando Sentinel and A Better You, a health insert magazine available at Whole Foods

You might also have seen his Free Skin Cancer Screening campaign advertised throughout Central FL with informative editorials on skin cancer in: Orange Appeal, South West Orlando Bulletin, Hunter’s Creek Magazine, Celebration News, Reflections Magazine (for Solavita Residents), Poinciana Pioneer, Osceola News Gazette, Osceola Health, The Apopka Chief, The Apopka Planter and Better Living.

Just last month, Dr. Steppie also penned an article about the rise in skin cancer occurrences among America’s Hispanic population.

These are just a few examples of Dr. Steppie’s tireless efforts to help Central Florida residents live long, healthy, skin cancer-free lives. To schedule your own skin cancer screening or treatment, call 800-827-SKIN (7546) or use our convenient online scheduling form.