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What To Ask Your Doctor About Skin Cancer

Five reasons you aren Lazaro began exclusively distributing Skin Doctors in the country in 2004 selling them at first through professional channels, dermatologists and spas or clinics. She discovered Skin Doctors during her travel to Australia when she noticed several pages of full-page ads about the product so she rang the company and had an appointment. After the meeting, she signed a contract, gave downpayment for the stocks to be shipped to her and was given monthly sales quotas, which at first seemed too stiff for her. But later she found out that after educating customers (in workshops done in the outlets), the products would sell themselves. Skin Doctors is so named because it has 30 products for every conceivable skin concern. "We have three products for the eyes (for eye bags or periorbital puffiness, periorbital dark circles or under eye circles and eye lines); for the face there is a product to remove melasma (or the patchy brown discoloration of the skin on the face), product for whitening, skin firming without the use of collagen; skin renewal; preventing photo aging (from UV exposure); skin resurfacing through gamma hydroxyl; zit zapper that works on pimples overnight; removing and preventing wrinkles; a product for post operative bruising and for the body there are removers of varicose veins and cellulite. "It is really complete, which is why I am happy with Skin Doctors. But sometimes it is difficult to manage such a wide array of product variants. But Rustan's is happy since the comprehensive skin care line make customers faithful shoppers," Lazaro said. Because of the strength of the brand in Australia and the UK, PharmaCare, the biggest pharma company in Australia bought Skin Doctors but opted to keep Lazaro as exclusive distributor for the Philippines, despite the fact that some offered to distribute the products in the Philippines.

But you need to remain vigilant about your skin and share any changes or concerns with your doctor before they become bigger problems. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. However, the disease is 95 percent curable if diagnosed early. Staying vigilant about the health of your skin is crucial to early diagnosis and more effective intervention, says L. Michael Hone, President and CEO of Caliber Imaging and Diagnostics, a medical technology company that develops diagnostic tools for skin diseases. Its all about regular screenings, says Hone, who recommends making an appointment with your dermatologist on an annual basis. Though the incidence of skin cancer in the United States is on the rise, theres good news -- new innovations in skin cancer detection are making thorough, regular screenings easier for patients. For example, the VivaScope, by Caliber I.D., offers a noninvasive optical biopsy of the skin, so patients dont need to have any portion of their skin cut or removed to check for cancer and can receive results immediately. As the only FDA 510(k) cleared, noninvasive skin imaging technology that enables physicians to make an accurate diagnosis of skin diseases through the direct visualization of cells, it is used for the diagnosis of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as for the accurate noninvasive diagnosis of benign lesions and dermatoses. At your next doctors visit, here are topics to discuss regarding your risks of developing skin cancer and what you and your doctor can do to check for it: Risk: While anyone can develop skin cancer, the risk is elevated by overexposure to harmful UV rays, a family history of the disease and a lighter complexion. Ask your doctor to assess your risk and offer you ways of mitigating the threat. Self-exam: Between doctors visits, you can perform self-exams on a monthly basis. Using a full-length mirror as well as a handheld mirror, look for changes in your skin that could be indicative of skin cancer. Dont forget to check your scalp and nail beds of your toes and fingers. Your doctor can offer you guidelines for what to look for and how. Screening: Ask your doctor about innovations in skin cancer detection that offer a noninvasive alternative to a biopsy. More information can be found at www.caliberid.com. By being informed and inquisitive, you can make the most of your next visit to the doctor. More Get Healthy stories

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