Keep up with the latest headlines in dermatology from the past week, including melanoma prevalence in Black men, local and statewide initiatives for skin cancer screening and prevention, and more.
A study published July 11 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that Black men who have received a melanoma diagnosis have a nearly 26% higher risk of dying than white men with the same diagnosis. Statistically, the chance of survival for melanoma is lower in men than in women. The study is now considered to be the largest piece of published research in dermatology literature examining melanoma in US men.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the rate of melanoma in Louisiana is lower than the national average. Melanoma was reported in 14 cases out of every 100,000 people in Louisiana in 2020.
According to Axios, this may not be a positive sign. Instead, it may be due to a lack of dermatologists due to the state's rural nature and known disparities in access to care among rural communities.
Crutchfield was known for paving the way for Black dermatologists in the state, as well as for his work in combatting medical misinformation and improving patient outcomes. He was the author of hundreds of published scientific papers and cared for more than 50,000 during the entirety of his career.
The Rhode Island Department of Health, Brown Dermatology, and statewide partners are working together to offer free skin cancer screenings at state beaches and parks beginning July 14. They will be offering screenings to the first 100 patients on 6 dates throughout the summer.
From July 5 through July 7, Southern Dermatology in Augusta, Georgia, partnered with Shepeard Community Blood Center to encourage blood donations during summer months.
Following the 2023 World Congress of Dermatology meeting in Singapore, the president of the meeting has called upon international governments to stop the spread of dermatologic misinformation on social media platforms.
TODAY spoke with dermatologists Shari Lipner, MD, PhD, and Kristen Lo Sicco, MD, to discuss common causing for white spots on the nails, including nail trauma, fungal infections, keratin granulations, and more.
The New York Times ran a piece on stress-related hair loss and the associations between anxiety and the loss of hair.