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Investigators in Australia and Austria have discovered a particular DNA enzyme in the skin of kangaroos that is effective in repairing the genetic damage associated with many skin cancers. This same enzyme is also present in other animals but not in humans. Sunscreens can be helpful in blocking the skin’s absorption of the damaging rays of the sun but it is unpredictably effective and doesn’t treat damage already sustained.

Sunlight with its various wavelengths of ultraviolet light, particularly UVA and UVB, has been associated with aging of the skin including loss of elasticity, pigmentation irregularities and wrinkles as well as skin cancers such as basal and squamous cell carcinomas and the dreaded malignant melanoma. If a topical agent such as a cream or lotion can be manufactured that could repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light exposure, this would be an incredible breakthrough and an extremely effective way to lower one’s risk of developing skin cancers.

Still, prevention is key. It is important to minimize the exposure of your unprotected skin to strong sunlight as well as avoid tanning booths. This will reduce your future risk of developing skin cancers as well as help keep your skin looking more youthful longer.

If you have any questions about rejuvenative skin care products or procedures such as the CO2 Laser or chemical peels, sunscreens or any cosmetic procedure that I perform or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.