Tag Archives: skin cancer

Photo Dynamic Therapy and Actinic Keratosis

What is Photo Dynamic Therapy and how can it help with actinic/solar keratosis? Fiona Clark runs through her experience with the treatment.   I confess, I am a sun worshiper, but it’s taken its toll on my skin. Back in the day, as they say,  when I was a child (think late 1960’s here) there was no sunscreen except zinc cream – a thick white paste that smelt awful and once you reached teenage years was not a great look. Consequently I spent most of my youth with a blistering nose and burnt cheeks and shoulders. Even when the clear…

Dr Simon Zokaie

Dr Simon Zokaie, BSc MBChB MRCP, is a cosmetic dermatologist  and the medical director of the LINIA Skin Clinic on Harley Street. In addition to his private practice he continues to work for the NHS. His areas of interest include the treatment of acne, rosacea, pigmentation, psoriasis and eczema as well as skin lesions and skin cancer.  He is a core member of the NHS skin cancer multidisciplinary team. In 2003 he graduated from the University of Manchester and underwent his medical training in London. He gained membership to the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and subsequently spent more than …

DNA skincare tests: are they worth the money they charge?

Do you really need a DNA test to tailor you a skincare regime? Dr A. Bolin investigates. We’ve all heard of a paternity testing – the DNA test used to check if your father really is indeed your biological father. And it seems the sky is the limit when it comes t applying these tests with targeted DNA tests now being touted for everything from family ancestry, fitness and nutrition and even dating. But, when it come to skin, what can these quite pricey tests tells us and is that information really worth any more than an good chat with a skincare…

Men: are you taking your skincare seriously?

More men, especially younger ones, are starting to take their skin care seriously. And not before time experts say, as they need a smart skincare regime just as much as women do. Here’s why. According to research by Mintel more than half (56%) of men say they have no need for skincare products and a quarter (26%) claim they don’t care what their skin looks like. But what men  say and what they do may be two very different things as the very same research shows that 60% men aged 16-24 use moisturiser, as do 41% in the 45-54s. In 2015 the mens’…

sun tanning myths exposed

A deep, golden tan might make us feel healthier, but at best it ages us and at worst, increases our high risk skin cancer. So is there any way to get a safe tan? Helen Garston reports. Time was when the benchmark of a successful holiday was how dark our tan was when we returned home. Then, just as smoking became linked to lung cancer, sun exposure was found to cause skin cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, just a short burst of sunburn in early adulthood could have repercussions years later. The rich and famous aren’t immune either: Hollywood star…

Moles-when to worry

A mole can be a harmless spot on your skin or a sign of skin cancer. But how can we tell whether this common blemish is something we should be talking to our doctor about? Heather Stephen finds out.  Moles are made up of cells called melanocytes which produce colour in your skin. We may be born with them although most develop during the first 30 years of life. Most moles are innocent but they can develop into melanoma. Around 13,500 people are diagnosed with this serious skin cancer in the UK each year and it is now the nation’s…

Dr Justine Hextall

Dr Justine Hextall is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and has been an NHS Consultant dermatologist for more than a decade. During that time she has worked as clinical and skin cancer department lead for 5 years.  She was appointed as skin cancer chair of Sussex 3 years ago and has been educational lead for Sussex Skin Network Site Specific Group (NSSG) for 5 years. She was recently appointed to the skin cancer sub-committee at the British Association of Dermatologists. Dr Hextall trained at the St John’s institute of dermatology for 5 years where she remained as an honorary consultant…

Dr Adam Friedmann

Dr Friedmann, is a consultant dermatologist and clinical lead at The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic. He is a UK-trained Dermatologist and graduate of King’s College School of Medicine, London. He has worked at many of London’s top teaching hospitals including King’s College, St Georges, Hammersmith, Barts and the London and the Royal Free Hospitals Dr Friedmann, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, has been a consultant since 2008. His former NHS post was as a Consultant Dermatologist at the The Whittington Hospital in North London and until recently, he was the Dermatology Teaching Lead at University College London where…