Melanoma Detection and Prevention Month

During warmer weather, it’s natural for many of us to go outside to enjoy it. While being outside can be beneficial to your health, being exposed to the sun for too long without any form of protection can be dangerous. It can put you at risk for skin cancer. About Skin Cancer Skin cancer (the […]

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Be Skin Safe!

Every year, more people United States are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. While early detection is important in keeping skin cancer from becoming life-threatening, taking proper steps for prevention is key. Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville reminds you that one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer is […]

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Bright Days Ahead: Melanoma Patient Becomes Advocate for Sun Safety

Even though Premier Surgical oncologist Paul Dudrick, MD, isn’t known for being a skilled artist, Robin MacLean carries one of his drawings in her purse. It’s the paper that was spread across the examination table when Dr. Dudrick drew a picture to help her understand the cancer surgery she would undergo at Fort Sanders Regional […]

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Importance of Suncreen

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 9,000 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer  Studies have shown that repeated and unprotected sun exposure can lead to development of skin cancer. One study […]

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How To Be On Alert This Summer For Skin Cancer

Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.? According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a nonmelanoma skin cancer during their lifetime. Only 4-5% of skin cancers are malignant melanoma, but they cause the most deaths from skin cancer. […]

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Early Detection Is Your Key To Melanoma Survival

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of those cases but causes the most skin cancer deaths. The other two forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma can typically be treated or removed […]

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What’s the difference between melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer?

With the skin as the largest organ of the body, it is understandable skin cancer is the most common type of human cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be approximately 73,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2015 and 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer. In its basic form, […]

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Today’s Big Q: Will My Skin Cancer Treatment Require Surgery?

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers. Around 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year with melanoma projected to account for 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015. Premier Surgical Associates surgical oncologist Dr. Paul S. […]

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Small Spot, Big Worry: Plan of action eases woman’s fear of melanoma

It was small. Tiny really – about the size of a pencil eraser. But it itched…and itched…and itched. So Vicki Heidle did what comes naturally – she scratched it. In doing so, she set in motion a chain of events that not only gave the 67-year-old Clinton woman the scare of her life but also […]

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Lumps, Bumps & Lesions – When should they be surgically removed?

From East Tennessee Medical News: Clinically Speaking By Jessica L. Vinsant, MD, General Surgeon, Premier Surgical Associates Skin lumps, bumps and lesions is a big subject – so let’s focus on skin cancers. Three common kinds of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Malignant Melanoma (MM). Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers […]

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