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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
July 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

The American Academy of Dermatology states that almost 9500 people receive a skin cancer diagnosis each and every day in the UnitedSkin Cancer States. Sun exposure, including repeated blistering sunburns, remains the biggest risk factor among all age groups. Do you know the different types of skin cancer and their treatments in Denver? Dr. James Maloney, III, in Denver, CO, wants all his patients to be fully informed about this potentially deadly disease, how it's treated and how to reduce your risk for developing it.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer typically falls into three basic types:

  • Basal cell carcinoma which occurs deep in the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, is the most common type
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is in the upper layer of the epidermis
  • Melanoma is the most virulent and dangerous, occurring deep in the epidermis

Unfortunately, skin cancer affects people of all ages and skin types. However, fair-skinned, blue-eyed people have a greater risk. Additionally, Melanoma seems to strike young women between the ages of 25 and 29, says the Skin Cancer Foundation, probably because of excessive tanning.

In general, skin cancer happens on areas of the body most exposed to sun--that is, the face, neck, arms and upper torso. Board-certified dermatologists such as Dr. Maloney tell their patients that any flat or raised spot on the skin may be suspect as skin cancer, and he advises evaluating skin lesions using this mnemonic: ABCDE.

  • A stands for asymmetrical. In other words, if you were to halve the lesion, both sides would be unequal in the case of cancer.
  • B means border. A noncancerous lesion has a smooth border with no notches.
  • C stands for color. A benign spot is one color throughout.
  • D equals diameter. Small lesions generally are noncancerous. (<1/4 inch)
  • E means evolving. A change in shape, color, texture or itchiness are warning signs.

Skin cancer treatments in Denver

Biopsies of suspect lesions determine if they are malignant or benign, and if cancerous, what type of cancer they are. Treatments vary depending on the cancer, its location and the health status of the individual.

Treatments may include:

  • Surgical excision or removal of the lesion
  • Cryosurgery, a freezing technique
  • Micrographic surgery, preferable for sizable lesions
  • Prescription creams

The best skin cancer treatments are prevention and vigilance

To reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, the team at Cherry Creek Dermatology recommend:

  • Covering up in the sun--long sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wearing sun screen (SPF 15 or more) on exposed areas
  • Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Inspecting your skin monthly
  • Getting a dermatological exam yearly after the age of 40

Learn more

If you would like a skin exam or are concerned about a spot on your skin, please contact Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, for an appointment. Call (303) 388-5629.

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
March 06, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer   Moles  

While a mole is usually nothing to worry about, there are some signs and symptoms that could be of concern. According to the Skin skin cancerCancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer sometime during their lives. This scary number makes being able to recognize questionable moles important in catching skin cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. Learn more about how to identify suspicious moles with Dr. James Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO.

Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Remembering the signs of skin cancer is easy with the ABCDE method.

  • Asymmetry: Regular moles are symmetrical in shape. Asymmetrical moles could be a sign of cancer.
  • Border: The border of a mole is normally straight, smooth and round or ovular. Jagged or abnormally shaped moles should be seen by your dermatologist as soon as possible.
  • Color: Moles normally range in color from light pink to dark brown. However, abnormal moles may have more than one color within their border, look splotchy or appear black in color.
  • Diameter: Normal moles are smaller than a pencil eraser in diameter. If you have a mole larger than about 6 millimeters, it could be cancerous.
  • Evolving: A normal mole will retain the same appearance throughout your life. Moles which appear suddenly, change shape or color or grow bigger could be cancerous.

Preventing Skin Cancer 
The number one tool you have for preventing skin cancer is protection against the sun. Always use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on areas of your skin exposed to the sun, especially your face. Wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck and wear tightly woven clothing when you plan on being in the sun. Finally, see your dermatologist for regular skin examinations to explore for abnormalities.

For more information on skin cancer, please contact Dr. Maloney at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO. Call (303) 388-5629 to speak with a friendly staff member about scheduling your appointment with Dr. Maloney today!

By Cherry Creek Dermatology
November 19, 2015
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Skin Cancer  
Find out the many ways your Denver dermatologist can treat skin cancer effectively.

Have you been diagnosed with skin cancer? While this might seem like a scary time know that your Denver dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III, MD has the treatment options you’ve been looking for, and most of the time these skin cancer treatments can be performed Skin Cancerright here in our Denver office as an outpatient procedure. Find out which treatment is right for your condition:

Mohs Surgery

This surgery removes a very thin and precise layer of cancerous skin, examines the skin using a microscopic to check for cancerous cells and then continues to remove additional layers until there are no more cells present. While this surgery is more time-consuming than other treatment options the major benefit is that less healthy skin is removed during the procedure.

Surgical excision

During this procedure your Denver, CO dermatologist will use a scalpel to remove the full growth along with some normal skin surrounding it. After the growth is removed we will stitch up the skin and send the tissue to a lab to make sure that all cancer cells have been removed. In some cases, another excision may be necessary if there are still cells present.

Curettage and desiccation

This is often the most common treatment for those with small, superficial basal and squamous cell carcinomas. After the affected area has been scraped using either a scalpel or curette the area will be cauterized.


Your Denver skin doctor will destroy the tumor by spraying it with liquid nitrogen. Since cutting is not involved in this procedure anesthesia is usually not necessary. This procedure can be used multiple times in one session to increase the chances of removing all cancerous cells.

After treatment, the growth will crust over and fall off over the course of a couple weeks. This procedure is often recommended to patients who can’t tolerate anesthesia or have bleeding disorders.

Radiation therapy

This is another option that doesn’t require anesthesia or cutting. Instead, X-rays are emitted to destroy the tumor. While this procedure boasts high cure rates there are some concerns about exposure to radiation, so this treatment option is not as common. Radiation is usually recommended for tumors that are too hard to treat through surgery and for patients in poor health that should not have surgery.


There are some FDA-approved topical medications like 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod that that can be used to treat certain superficial skin cancers like basal cell carcinomas. Some of these medications are topical forms of chemotherapy that are used to destroy cancerous cells.

Worried about a suspicious growth? Need a skin cancer screening? Then turn to Cherry Creek Dermatology for all of your skincare needs. We are here for you!

By Dr. Maloney
October 13, 2015
Category: Melanoma
Tags: Skin Cancer  

-Females account for >65% of melanoma cases in children and young adults

-May be linked to the fact that females use tanning beds more frequently than men

-Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in patients 15-39 years of age

-Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in adults age 25-29 years of age

-Melanoma is the 2nd most common form of cancer in young people 15-29 years of age

By J Michael Maloney MD
March 18, 2015
Category: Health Promotion

Skin Cancer Prevention

Boy sitting on beach with the words 'spring break' on his backTraveling for spring break? Don't forget to pack, protect yourself from the sun, and go!

Don't risk ruining your trip or your health with too much sun.

Using sun protection can prevent sunburn during your vacation and protect you against skin cancer later. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Fortunately, most cases are preventable, and as a traveler, you can use simple strategies to keep yourself and your family safe from the sun.

Why is sun protection important for your spring break travel plan?

Travelers spending time outdoors are exposed to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days.

Travelers are at increased risk when traveling:

  • Near the equator.
  • During summer months (December–March in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • At high altitudes.

Reflection from the snow, sand, and water increases exposure, so consider sun safety during outdoor activities such as:

  • Skiing or other activities in the snow.
  • Spending time at the beach.
  • Swimming.
  • Sailing or other water activities.
Woman putting on sun tan lotion

Choose sun protection strategies that work.

What can spring break travelers do?

Enjoy safe travels and choose sun protection strategies that work.

Pack sun protection and bring:

  • Clothing to protect your skin, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • A hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Remember that sunscreen is most effective when used in combination with other methods.

Protect yourself from the sun:

  • Wear sun protective gear such as sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing.
  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10 am to 4 pm). Try using an umbrella, cabana, or a tree for shade.
  • Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
  • If using insect repellent, apply sunscreen first, let it dry, and apply insect repellent on top of it.
  • Avoid tanning beds or sunbathing. Remember tanned skin is damaged skin. Trying to get a "base tan" is still damaging to your skin and does not provide enough protection against burning



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