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Facts about Melanoma

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. The number of people with this deadly cancer is skyrocketing. Luckily, if caught early, melanoma can be cured. Here are some facts you need to know about melanoma.

  1. Melanoma is the leading cancer in people aged 25-29
  2. One in 67 American Caucasians will develop melanoma in their lifetime
  3. One American dies of melanoma every minute
  4. Exposure to tanning beds increases your risk of developing melanoma by 75%
  5. Having a parent or sibling with melanoma is a risk factor for developing it

If you haven’t had a yearly mole exam, now is the time to see your dermatologist to find out your risks of developing melanoma. Call us at 312-245-9965 and make your appointment today M 2nd – Tired of excessive underarm sweating? Now we can stop it PERMANENTLY with the FDA approved MiraDry device! A simple 40 minute treatment can leave your underarms dry and your shirts stain free. We are currently conducting a study on patients with excessive underarm sweating. If you suffer from underarm sweating, please call us at 312-245-9965 ext 4 and ask for Stephanie, the research coordinator.

R 5th – Introducing the acne fighting blue light – the Tria Skin Clarifying system. This at home device can help clear your acne in just 5 minutes of treatment a day! To purchase, go to www… and use code… To receive $10 off your purchase!

M 9th – Melanoma awareness blog

R 12th – Product specials of the month: ReVisage, Glytone Eye Cream. Come in and get yours for 15% off the regular price. Only for the month of May

M 16th – Earn Points for free product and coupons when you receive Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm XC, or purchase Latisse. Join the Brilliant Rewards program and start earning now. Come in for your treatment in May 312-245-9965

R 19th – Discover Dysport, the fast acting wrinkle reducer, and get a $50 rebate! Hurry in though, this special is only good for May and June!

M 23rd – SilkPeel Microdermabrasion treatments can get your face fresh and ready for summer! Call us to book an appointment, and save money by purchasing a package of 6 treatments

R 26th – Introducing our newest product for moisturizing…Hyalis

Fri May 27th? – Don’t FRY DAY – play it safe in the sun and wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher this weekend and every weekend when enjoying the outdoors. Have a great Memorial Day weekend from the staff of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.

Tue 31st – Free Restylane with the Cearna Method Study! We are conducting a trial on a topical anti-bruising medication and are looking for candidates who bruise easily with filler substances. If you are a female between 35 and 75 and are interested in receiving Restylane to the nasolabial folds (smile lines between the nose and corners of the mouth), please call us at 312-245-9965 ext 4 and ask for Stephanie, the study coordinator.

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