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Melanoma Monday – Skin Cancer Prevention and Awareness
Monday, May 6, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Brian Gastman, MD

  • Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute
  • Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic

Missale Mesfin, MD

  • Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute
  • Department of Dermatology
  • Cleveland Clinic

Skin cancer is a tumor or growth of abnormal cells in our skin, and is the most common form of cancer people get in the United States. There are several types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Both basal and squamous cell carcinomas are cancers that occur in the surface layer of the skin and can be easily cured when detected and treated early. Malignant melanoma however is the most serious type of skin cancer, and is more likely to spread.

In recent years, experts have seen an alarming rise in the number skin cancer cases, especially among young women. If not treated, skin cancer can be deadly. But if treated early, skin cancer often can be cured. It is important to know not only ways to protect yourself from developing skin cancers, but also how to determine when it’s time to see a doctor and what can be done once you’ve been diagnosed. Join Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brian Gastman and Surgical Dermatologist Dr. Missale Mesfin online for answers to your questions about skin cancer and melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Cleveland Clinic is a national leader in caring for patients with all types of dermatologic conditions, from the routine to the complex. Our patients benefit from access to a multidisciplinary staff where close collaboration and teamwork between dermatologists, dermatology surgeons, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons allows us to offer comprehensive, coordinated and patient-focused care. Patients can also benefit from the most advanced technology and centers for diagnosing and treating dermatologic conditions, such as Mohs surgery, photodynamic laser therapy and our Melanoma Clinic.

Dr. Gastman is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist in the Department of Plastic Surgery in Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute. A medical school graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed his residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and his fellowship at Washington University St. Louis Medical Center. Dr. Gastman’s specialty interests include comprehensive care of soft tissue malignancies such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancers, sarcomas and head and neck cancers. Dr. Gastman also helped to institute the Melanoma Clinic located in the Taussig Cancer Institute, which helps to diagnose and treat patients with complex melanoma concerns.

Dr. Mesfin is dermatologist and surgeon in the Department of Dermatology in Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute. A medical school graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency in dermatology and fellowship in procedural dermatology/Mohs surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. Dr. Mesfin’s specialty interests include skin cancer, cosmetic dermatology, cutaneous laser surgery and oncology, dermatologic surgery and Mohs surgery.

To make an appointment with Dr. Gastman or Dr. Mesfin, please call 216.444.5725 or call toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 45725. You can also visit us online at www.clevelandclinic.org/DPSI.

This Health Chat will open on Sunday, May 5, 2013 to allow you to submit questions. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account to attend the chat and submit your questions.