Newsletter from Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte:  June 2017


June 2017 Newsletter- what's increasing your melanoma riskQuiz: What’s increasing your melanoma risk?

It’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re asking you one important question. Do you have risk factors that can increase your risk of developing melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer?

You can quickly find out by taking this quiz discussing melanomas.


PATIENT EDUCATIONwho is likely to find a melanoma- Charlotte dermatologist DSCMD

Men vs. women: Who’s more likely to find melanoma?

When it comes to finding melanoma on a partner’s skin, which sex do you think does a better job? You’ll find what the research shows at:

Check Your Partner. Check Yourself- read the research here.


melanoma genetic testing- contact your Charlotte dermatologist

Genetic testing for melanoma has drawbacks

This test isn’t right for everyone. Find out when it may be recommended.

The genetic test for melanoma can tell you whether you have a mutation (change) in a gene that gives you an increased risk of developing melanoma. These mutations are passed down in the family tree.

Should I get genetic testing for melanoma? Learn more by reading the article here. 

Thinking of trying a natural remedy for skin cancer?natural remedy for melanoma

Read these stories first. One man tried a natural remedy that he bought online and lost half of his nose.

Natural treatment for skin cancer may not be as safe as you think. Read this article to learn why.


melanoma effects men differently

Why melanoma affects men differently

Young men are more likely than young women to die of melanoma.

Older men are more likely than women of the same age to get melanoma. Now researchers think they may know why.

Melanoma strikes men harder- learn why here.


Sunscreen selection made easysunscreen - use it- Charlotte dermatologist

Before you shop for your next bottle of sunscreen, you’ll want to watch this video. It tells you what you need to get the best protection.

Learn what to look for in a sunscreen.


melanoma diagnosis- contact your Charlotte dermatologistFeeling stressed after a melanoma diagnosis?

Try these research-proven techniques for easing the stress and worry.

Click here to read 7 ways to find peace of mind after a melanoma diagnosis.  You can also contact the Cancer Support Community’s Helpline. Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 1-888-793-9355

Two melanoma therapies may be better than onetwo melanoma therapies

When melanoma spreads, giving a patient two targeted therapies can help fight the cancer in different ways.

Combining newer treatments for advanced melanoma helping patients live longer. Learn more here.

Bug bites: Many can be prevented

Even when dining outdoors or hiking in a densely wooded area, you can prevent bug bites. This video shows you what you need to know.

Learn how to prevent and treat bug bites here.


Office News


Valerie O’Connell, PA-C - Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte

Valerie O’ Connell, PA-C is a highly trained board certified dermatology physician’s assistant.  Valerie brings a great deal of experience to Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte in pediatric and adult dermatology.

Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. She has over 6 years of experience working with Children’s Dermatology Services in Pittsburgh.  Valerie joined DSC in April of 2017.

Valerie specializes in children and adolescents.  She is also available for same day acute work in appointments as well as other general medical needs for children and adults.

Board Certification

NCCPA ( National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)

Personal Background
Valerie is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has particular interests with health and wellness along with physical fitness.

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Melanoma is the second most common cancer for young women 15-29 years old. Protect yourself. Protect your friends. Stop tanning.

Twitter: AAD’s most popular tweet last month

Melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer in young women 15-29. Protect yourself. Protect your friends. Stop tanning.

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