Posts for tag: Skin Cancer

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
August 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   skin exams  

Find out why regular skin exams are necessary for everyone

Skin cancer is the most common cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  In fact, each year there skin examsare more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. While some people may be more prone to skin cancer, it can happen to anyone. Perhaps you were someone who loved basking in the sun as a teenager and had some sunburns, or you have a significant family history of skin cancer. 

Even if you were someone who tried to stay in the shade and only spent a limited amount of time in the sun during your lifetime, you may develop skin cancer. No matter what the case might be, your skin deserves the very best in care. This means turning to our South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti for skin cancer screenings.

How often should I perform self-exams on myself?
It’s a good idea to give your skin a thorough examination once a month. If there are any changes, you will be aware of them right away so you can visit one of our South Barrington or Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors for a proper screening and evaluation.  When examining your skin make sure to remove all articles of clothing. Examine all areas of your body, including very discreet areas such as between toes, the scalp or even under your fingernails. Skin cancer can happen anywhere.

How often should I come in for a skin cancer screening?
Most skin cancers can be treated and cured if caught early; however, if allowed to progress, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death. Having a skin cancer screening is as easy as coming into the office. All adults should come in at least once a year for a routine screening. Of course, if you have any skin cancer risk factors, then you may want to talk to us about whether or not you could benefit from more regular screenings.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
If you have any new moles or growths, it’s always a good idea to be safe and schedule an exam with us. You should also visit us if you notice changes in your moles. Signs of skin cancer include moles that may bleed, itch, or have become painful and have changed color, multiple colors or have an asymmetrical border.

If you are concerned about any new changes on your skin or new growths then call Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (630) 321-0303 today or visit their website We offer two convenient locations in Willowbrook, IL, and South Barrington, IL, to provide you and your family with the best professional skin care.

By By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 25, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   sunscreen  

With summer approaching, it's only fitting that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With this in mind, our South Barrington and skin cancerWillowbrook, IL, dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Romas Berti, want to ensure everyone takes some necessary precautions before hitting the beach and enjoying the sun during their vacations.

It's important to protect yourself while you have fun because of the overwhelming number of skin cancer cases expected to be diagnosed this summer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “doctors will diagnose about 9,500 skin cancers a day in 2017.” While this statistic is shocking, the unfortunate truth is that many of these cases are avoidable.

To protect yourself and loved ones, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists have a few pointers and preventative measures you can take:

  • Try to avoid the sun when it is at its peak (hottest). This is usually around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the best ways to do so is to stand in the shade.
  • Keep most of your skin covered by wearing long pants or skirts, long-sleeved shirts, hats and other such clothing. This will reduce the number of sunburns you may get, which is imperative to safeguarding yourself against melanoma. The risk of developing melanoma can triple by getting sunburned just once every two years, and it can be fatal if the cancer is not treated in its early stages.
  • Apply an ounce of sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. It is also crucial that you use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Examine yourself at home consistently for any changes in your skin, and, for a more thorough and professional examination, make sure you schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

There is no doubt that the warm weather and cool activities are things you don’t want to miss out on this summer, but preventative measures and care are a must. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, call either of their offices: Willowbrook, IL, (630) 321-0303; or South Barrington, IL, (847) 304-0303.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 24, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Enjoy the sun this summer, but don't forget to protect your skin before you venture outdoors. Failing to follow sun protection summer skinrecommendations can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, are here to share a few tips that will help you stay safe in the sun.

Wear sunscreen

Make wearing sunscreen part of your daily routine. Cover all areas of exposed skin approximately 30 minutes before you plan to go outside. For optimum protection, choose a product that protects you from UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If you suffer from acne, look for oil-free sunscreens made just for your face.

Reapply more sunscreen every two hours if you are outside, particularly if you swim or sweat. Although waterproof sunscreens offer a little more protection, you'll still need to apply a fresh layer of sunscreen after you exit the water.
Don't forget to protect your lips from the sun. SPF lip balm is the best way to protect your lips from the sun's rays.

Avoid sun exposure during mid-day

Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are the most intense. If you can't stay indoors during those times, look for shady spots to minimize sun exposure.

Don't forget your sunglasses

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun, including cataracts. Read tags carefully to ensure that the glasses you choose offer protection from UV rays. If you normally wear prescription glasses, consider ordering a pair of prescription sunglasses or using magnetic lenses that fit over your glasses.

Cover up

Hats with wide brims, long-sleeve shirts, and long pants prevent the sun from damaging your skin and causing skin cancer. Some clothing even offers built-in SPF protection to stop the rays from penetrating lightweight fabrics.

Visit your Willowbrook and South Barrington Dermatologists

Are you concerned about a suspicious mole or spot on your skin? Call your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists, Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at their South Barrington or Willowbrook offices. For more information, call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook location or (847) 304-0303 for the South Barrington location.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
March 05, 2015
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Here are some ways to tell whether that suspicious growth might be skin cancer.

It might be hard to imagine but about 40 to 50 percent of fair-skinned individuals who reach 65 years of age will develop at least skin cancer once in their lifetime. So it’s important to be able to spot the signs of skin cancer as soon as possible so that your can seek skin cancer treatment in Hinsdale. Look for these abnormal skin conditions that could be a warning sign of potential skin cancer.

Actinic keratosis (also known as solar keratosis)

These small patches of scaly skin are signs of too much sun exposure. They are most often found on the head, hands or necks; however, they can develop just about anywhere on the body. These are often a warning sign of skin cancer, however not all of these patches will morph into cancer over time. While many don’t end up becoming skin cancer, most Hinsdale dermatologists recommend early treatment to prevent skin cancer from forming.

Actinic cheilitis

Also referred to as farmer’s lip, this precancerous condition typically is found on the lips. It is related to actinic keratosis and produces the same scaly, rough patches just primarily on the lower lip. Some patients may even experience swelling; however, this tends to be rare. If left untreated, this condition can turn into an invasive form of skin cancer.

How about moles?

While moles are often just benign growths, sometimes they can become cancerous. Abnormal moles can even develop into melanoma; however, this isn’t as common. Moles can be either flat or raised, or change their structure.

So, how do you know if a mole is showing signs of skin cancer?

The telltale sign that there is an issue is if one mole doesn’t look like the rest on your body. As any Hinsdale dermatologist will tell you, it’s important to know your ABCDEs to tell whether it’s time to get your mole checked out.

Asymmetry (“A): This means that one part of the mole doesn’t mirror the same shape as the other side. Since healthy, normal moles are symmetrical, an asymmetrical one could spells problems for this growth at some point in time.

Border (“B”): a mole should have a nice smooth border; however, growths that have turned into melanoma often have blurred or irregular borders.

Color (“C”): A healthy mole is usually one single color. If a mole has different shades of light or dark within it (particularly brown, black, white or red) this is suspicious and needs to be check by your Hinsdale dermatologist.

Diameter (“D”): A mole is considered suspect if it is larger than the eraser on the end of a pencil.

Evolving (“E”): A mole that grows, gets smaller or begins to bleed needs to be examined right away. If you notice that a part of your mole has become raised then it’s time for an exam.

If you are noticing a suspicious mole or growth, then it’s time to have it checked out. After all, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. To schedule an appointment with your Hinsdale dermatologist contact Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.