Our expert dermatologists educate hundreds of family doctors at recent medical conference - Toronto Dermatology Centre
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Our expert dermatologists educate hundreds of family doctors at recent medical conference

Dr. Benjamin Barankin and Dr. Anatoli Freiman just spoke to over 200 family doctors/GPs on Dermatology. Topics covered included diagnosing and treating acne, rosacea, and psoriasis, as well as how to properly use topical steroids and other anti-inflammatory options. They also discussed new and exciting treatments for a variety of skin conditions, and they discussed the diagnosis and best treatments for skin cancers such as basal cell cancer (BCC), squamous cell cancer (SCC), and melanoma. Other less common skin cancers including keratoacanthoma and Merkel cell cancer were reviewed, as well as lesions that mimic the appearance of skin cancer but are actually not skin cancer. Precancers such as actinic keratosis were also discussed and the importance of treating them with liquid nitrogen and preventative photodynamic therapy (PDT) and home therapy with creams such as imiquimod or 5-FU was reviewed. Prevention of skin cancers were also discussed, including the importance of wearing sunscreens and sunblocks with a minimum SPF of 30 and reapplying every 2-3 hours. Avoid tanning salons is also a must in preventing skin cancers. Other methods for sun protection were also reviewed including the importance of avoiding or minimizing mid-day sun, wearing wide-brimmed hats, and wearing sunglasses. Clothing of course is an excellent protector as well against ultraviolet radiation. The importance of referring patients with skin cancers for proper and prompt diagnosis and management was also highlighted.

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