Contour Dermatology – Committed to Skin Cancer Prevention
Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center is proud to partner with the Melanoma Awareness Project (MAP) and is committed to increasing the awareness of skin cancer and promoting sun-smart habits to help prevent skin cancer. Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center was founded by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Timothy Jochen in 2001. The practice has grown to include another dermatologist, four nurse practitioners and a support staff of more than 40 personnel. Contour Dermatology has offices in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs. The mission of Contour Dermatology is two-fold – to treat skin diseases and to help people look and feel better about their skin.Dr. Jochen is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Dermatology as voted by his peers and has received this designation several years in a row. He also is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Southern California where he has been named “Teacher of the Year” multiples times. Contour Dermatology medical providers are available to make educational presentations at area schools as well as community and civic groups in support of skin cancer prevention.
Contour Dermatology also hosts an annual “Heads Up” event in conjunction with the national Skin Cancer Foundation for local hair stylists who are a key group of “first responders” to educate them about the warning signs that warrant referral to a dermatologist. Skin cancer is one of the most common medical dermatology concerns the practice sees. Over the past year, Contour Dermatology diagnosed more than 2,000 skin cancers including about 100 cases of malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. According to the American Academy of
Dermatology, approximately 144,860 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the United States each year – 69,480 non-invasive cases and 76,380 invasive cases, with an estimated 10,130 deaths resulting from melanoma. Melanoma accounts for less than 2 percent of skin cancers.
* Other Types of Skin Cancer
Other more common types of skin cancers, which require treatment including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Mohs micrographic surgery is an effective treatment for these types of cancers with an excellent cure rate of almost 100%. Dr. Jochen is an expert in Mohs Micrographic surgery – a very precise procedure performed on an outpatient basis in which one layer of the skin is removed at a time, examining each layer under a microscope until the tissue shows clear of cancer. This method not only ensures skin cancer clearance, it also produces the most cosmetic results as no more tissue is removed than necessary.
* Pre-Cancerous Skin Lesions – Actinic Keratoses
Actinic keratoses (AK), those rough, scaly pre-cancerous skin lesions, can turn into skin cancer if not treated. There are several methods for treating actinic keratosis and Dr. Jochen is a clinical investigator for a clinical study of a plant-based topical medication to treat actinic keratoses. Contour Dermatology also employs blue light therapy with the BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator to treat actinic keratoses. This treatment involves the application of Levulan, a light-sensitizing agent, prior to therapy. Levulan attaches only to damaged cells and when the blue light is emitted and those cells are then destroyed. This method usually takes two treatments and patients experience a 90 percent cure rate. Blue light therapy not only gets rid of the precancerous portion of the skin, but also helps cosmetically to reduce scaly skin and anything that’s associated as a side effect from a precancerous lesion.
* Treatment of Sun-Damaged Skin
On the cosmetic side, many people are bothered by brown spots, lines and wrinkles and other visible effects of premature aging from the sun’s rays. From physician grade skin care products to chemical peels and cosmetic lasers, Contour Dermatology offers many options for skin rejuvenation to keep it looking as fresh and healthy as possible.
* Sun Protection Tips
In addition to FDA-approved, broad-spectrum sunscreens, Contour Dermatology also offers a line of sun protective clothing for men, women and children and fashionable wide-brimmed hats to help people protect themselves even further from the sun. Beyond daily, diligent use of sunscreen and sun protective clothing, Contour Dermatology recommends everyone conduct a monthly at-home review of their body – looking for any new spots and changes in moles and that they get a professional medical skin cancer screening annually.
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