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Dermatologists have unique expertise

January 2012

No medical doctor knows more about the skin, hair and nails than a dermatologist. These doctors study for years to develop expertise in:

  • Diagnosing and treating more than 3,000 diseases.
  • Performing surgical procedures to treat skin cancers and other skin diseases.
  • Determining the most effective treatment for conditions that affect patients' appearance, such as acne scars and aging skin.

This month, you can find out how dermatologists develop this expertise. You also can learn about specialties within the field of dermatology and when patients might be referred to these doctors.

What is a dermatologist?

What is a cosmetic dermatologist?

What is a board-certified dermatologist?

Specialties within dermatology
What is a dermatopathologist?

What is a Mohs surgeon?

What is a pediatric dermatologist?



What dermatologists tell their patients

Get to know your skin. If something is bleeding or doesn't look right, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

Academy news

Make a resolution that could save your life
This year, why not make a resolution that could save your life? In 2012, more than 2 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. By learning how to check your skin for signs of skin cancer, you can catch skin cancer early. When found early and treated, even the deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, can be cured.


How to examine your skin.


Recipients of shade structure grants announced in April
Thank you to the many people who took time to prepare and submit a grant application for a permanent shade structure. Interest in this program continues to grow. By the January 2nd deadline, the Academy received hundreds of applications. The recipients of the 2012 grants will be announced in April.

For more information about this grant program, visit, Shade structure grant program.

 


Next month: Caring for tattooed skin

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