Beaufort Dermatology Innovates With Non-Invasive Skin Exam Technology
(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Beaufort Dermatologyof Pinnacle Medical Groupis thrilled to present Vivascope 1500, the newest in skin cancer technology allowing the provider to make a diagnosis without removing any tissue. Pinnacleis the only practice in the area offering this advanced technology.
In-vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a non-invasive skin imaging modality for detecting diseases of the skin such as melanoma and other cancers. It can be used in place of biopsies in certain cases and is effective in viewing large skin lesions where a biopsy of the entire spot might be difficult.
Additionally, it is useful in defining the margins of an area for surgical excision and can be useful in evaluating the results of treatment. Among its advantages is the ability to avoid potential scarring from biopsies and also provides a safe, painless option for children or those who may be nervous about procedures.
“Medical research and development shape a modern medical practice,” said owner Dr. Audrey A. Klenke, MD, FACS. “We are so excited to be the first to offer Vivascope 1500, which can decipher a lesion that needs to be removed versus one that can be safely monitored. In the Lowcountry, our fun-in-the-sun lifestyle makes it critical to prioritize skin health.”
Dr. Klenke adds, “The fact that procedures are becoming increasingly less invasive without losing the ability to accurately diagnose and treat is great news for patient care.”
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Groupis the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spaand Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area as well as Beaufort Memorial Hospitaland Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgeryand PURE Medical Spaare located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatologyis located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815-6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.
Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April
(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Sandfly Family Dentalin Savannah and Premier Dental Designsin Rincon will offer free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25. The exams normally cost as much as $80.
“I recommend anyone 18 and older to be tested annually for oral cancer,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, who owns both offices. “The oral cancer screening light shows a change in oral tissue that warrants a biopsy. For patients who show a change in tissue, I usually suggest a follow-up visit with an oral surgeon or an ear nose and throat specialist, depending on the levels found.”
The oral cancer screening is noninvasive and takes less than 10 minutes. While the screenings will be free, an appointment is necessary.
The death rate associated with oral cancer is high not just because it is hard to discover or diagnose but because it frequently is discovered late in its development. In the United States, one person dies every 60 minutes because of oral cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 43 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancers will die within five years. While the disease has few, if any, early symptoms, early detection can increase survival rates to as much as 90 percent.
Oral cancer typically is associated with long-term tobacco use, but it’s becoming more frequent in young adults who have never smoked.
For Savannah residents, please call (912) 349-0472 or visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistryand the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designsin Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dentalin the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
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Creating Good Dental Habits at an Early Age
by Angela C. Canfield, DDS
It’s always a good time to think about the health of your children’s teeth. The routines you set in stone now will carry your children into adulthood and set the stage for healthy teeth.
When it comes to those teeth, a tried-and-true parental friend comes in handy: routine. Brushing and flossing should be a part of your child’s daily routine in the morning and before bed.
But additional routines are needed too. I’m talking about a twice-a-year dental checkup. You don’t want a dental visit to become a time of trauma and dread because of a dental emergency. A positive, cheerful visit with a dentist who understands children’s needs and is experienced in dealing with them should be as much a part of a child’s life as checkups with a pediatrician, back-to-school supply shopping or a photo with Santa.
For parents who want to build dental care into their children’s lifelong habits, the American Dental Association’s consumer website, mouthhealthy.org, can be a useful tool. It isn’t a preachy site full of boring demands to brush, brush, brush. It has helpful, real-world advice that parents can put to good use. The section with suggestions on tooth fairy visits almost reminds me of a sort of Pinterestfor teeth.
Someday, your child will be a senior, not just a high school senior, but much, much later, a senior as in “senior citizen.” Whether that future senior citizen is eating with his or her own teeth 75 years from now has a lot to do with what you are teaching your child right now.
You wouldn’t take any aspect of your child’s health for granted, but some parents overlook the fact that dental health is health. Sometimes, a special promotion like National Children’s Dental Health Month is a good reminder to make sure your children have a healthy dental routine.
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs (www.premierdentaldesigns.com/) located in Rincon, GA, and Sandfly Family Dental (https://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/) in Savannah, GA. Contact Dr. Canfield at email@example.com 912-826-4037
How to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs
by Dr. Corinne Howington
With beach season upon us, our coastal locals start taking time to soak up the sun, but these long, light-filled days often mean overexposure to the day’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.
With more than three million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, beachgoers need to be more mindful than ever as more than 95 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by almost 50 percent.
Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Monthis set for the month of May to try to raise awareness about skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.
Here at home, we must be committed to raising awareness and encouraging action to prevent melanoma.
The American Cancer Societyreports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. About 9,320 people are expected to die from this disease in 2018. The good news is that skin cancer is not only preventable but is the most curable form of cancer.
Our goal for the month of May is to bring attention to skin disease and to get people to talk about an uncomfortable topic.
Education is the key to fighting this form of cancer. If the disease is caught early and treated, the cure rate is extremely high.
Be aware of any spots on your skin that are different from the others or anything that’s changing, itching or bleeding. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDE’s of melanoma:
One half of your dark spot is unlike the other half.
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border is around your dark spot.
The hue is varied from one area to another; your dark spot has shades of tan, brown or black or is sometimes white, red or blue.
Melanoma spots are usually greater than the size of a pencil eraser when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.
A mole or dark spot that looks unusual or is changing in size, shape or color.
As a note, not all melanomas will look like moles but may appear to be a bruise or spot that doesn’t heal.
Early detection remains the best way to fight melanoma. Patients whose melanoma is treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs have a five-year survival rate of 99 percent. This drops to 63 percent when the disease spreads to the lymph nodes and other nearby organs and 20 percent when it spreads to distant organs according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
It is recommended that everyone perform regular skin self-exams. Prevention is the best form of medicine. So this May, add a healthy dose of sunscreen to your skin.
Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. For more information, call (912) 354-1018or visit www.lcderm.com.
Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April
(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah and Premier Dental Designs in Rincon will offer free oral cancer screenings throughout the month at both of her offices. These exams normally cost up to $80.
Every 60 minutes, a person dies from oral cancer. The disease is typically associated with long-term tobacco use, but it is becoming more frequent in young adults who have never smoked. According to the National Cancer Institute, 40 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancers will die within five years. While the disease has few, if any, early symptoms, early detection can make a dramatic difference, increasing survival rates to as much as 90 percent.
“I recommend anyone 18 and older to be tested annually for oral cancer,” Canfield said. “Results can vary from negative to being ‘high risk’ or positive. For patients who test positive for precancerous cells, I usually suggest a follow-up visit with an ear nose and throat specialist, depending on the levels found.”
The oral cancer screening is noninvasive and takes less than 10 minutes. By using a VELscope to shine a visible blue light in the mouth, Canfield’s staff will be able to detect suspicious tissue that is abnormal.
While the screenings will be free, an appointment is necessary.
For more information, please contact Premier Dental Designs by calling (912) 826-4037 or visiting http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/. For Savannah residents, please call (912) 349-0472 or visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Open Pooler Office
Savannah Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Most to Cut Ribbon on New Pooler Location November 29
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Daniel Most, a Savannah-based plastic surgeon, announces plans to cut the ribbon on the Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office in Pooler. This Pooler location will allow Dr. Most to see patients in the West Chatham area on Wednesdays of every week.
The public is invited to join Dr. Most and his staff for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This event will also celebrate Dr. Most’s fifth anniversary of private practice in the greater Savannah area.
Dr. Most, who specializes in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures, is dually trained in both hand and microsurgery. He has practiced since 2005 and has operated Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, PC, in the Savannah Medical Center since 2012.
Dr. Most received his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston.
“We are very pleased to be able to expand our services to serve patients in west Chatham County and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Most. “This is especially important for breast cancer and other surgical patients to have convenient access to their physician for post-operative care.”
Dr. Most is known for leading-edge breast reconstruction techniques, the surgical procedure that restores shape to the breast after a mastectomy, the surgery that removes breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer. During the month of October, Dr. Most participated as one of the 2017 BigWigs for the Susan G. Komen Society of the Coastal Empire.
Dr. Most is also a leading physician in the area of hand surgery and is the only Savannah surgeon who will work with the brachial plexus nerves in the neck region of the spinal cord. Dr. Most also treats peripheral nerve injuries, tumors and other disorders affecting the network of nerves that link the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body.
As a published researcher, Dr. Most’s writing has appeared in more than 30 publications in scientific journals and surgical textbooks, and he has presented his research nationally and internationally in lectures and community presentations. He is also a teacher in the field of plastic surgery and has received numerous honors and awards.
ABOUT DR. DANIEL MOST
Dr. Daniel Most, MD, has practiced plastic surgery since 2005, operating a private practice, Most Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, P.C., at 5205 Frederick Street, Suite A, in Savannah, Ga., since 2012. He opened a second location at 114 Canal Street, Suite 102, in Pooler, Ga., in 2017. Dr. Most graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.S. in biology, obtained his doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University in California, then completed a combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah campus. He is on staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center, the St. Joseph/Candler Health System and Liberty Regional Medical Center and is a participating provider for most insurance policies. He is fluent in Spanish and has performed charity surgery work in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For more information, contact Dr. Most at 912-303-6678 or visit online at www.mostplasticsurgery.com.
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology presented $500 to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. This donation was made possible by proceeds raised during the inaugural skin cancer awareness excursion, “Melanoma, Take a Hike!”
The event took place through the scenic trails of Skidaway Island State Park during the high afternoon sun in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month which is designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection. Along the way, Dr. Howington and her staff shared prevention techniques for melanoma and answered questions from participants.
“With events like Melanoma, Take a Hike!, we hope not only to prevent skin cancer by teaching people how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays,” said Dr. Howington, “but also to support those organizations, like the Anderson Cancer Institute, who are fighting cancer’s devastating effects every day.”
The Anderson Cancer Institute provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services and long-term follow-up for cancer patients. Their disease management teams specialize in breast, colorectal, urology, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff also distributed SPF 30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer by 80 percent.
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.