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Why You Might Need a Skin Cancer Surveillance Exam Oct 12th, 2021

What if all that was needed to ensure that your skin stayed as cancer-free as possible was to allow a professional to take a good look now and then? That’s exactly how skin cancer surveillance exams can benefit you and your well-being. During the roughly 15-minute exam, you’ll swap out...

4 Benefits of Meditation in Surgery Sep 9th, 2021

You have a surgery coming up and can't seem to move it from the forefront of your mind. You’re stressed, anxious, or deeply concerned. Even with the safest and most routine of surgeries performed by qualified professionals, these types of emotions are common and nothing to be ashamed of. At...

How to Know if You Have Basal Cell Carcinoma Aug 13th, 2021

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and more people develop basal cell carcinoma than any other type. While any cancer diagnosis can feel scary, basal cell carcinoma is very treatable and typically comes with a good prognosis if it’s detected early. Understanding the signs to look for...

What to Expect Before, During, and After a Lipoma or Cyst Removal Jul 21st, 2021

Lipomas and cysts aren’t typically dangerous, but they can cause pain and make those who have them feel self-conscious. These lumps, which usually occur on the face, armpits, neck, back, or chest, are similar in many ways, but cysts are fluid-filled, and lipomas consist of fatty tissue. At the practice...

5 Top Tips to Protect Your Skin Against the Summer Sun Jun 29th, 2021

Summer often means vacations, beach visits, and time in the pool. However, it can also mean a heightened risk for skin damage. Sun exposure is associated with many forms of skin cancer as well as cosmetic issues, such as increased wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots. Thankfully, there are ways...

Recognizing Rare Types of Skin Cancer May 6th, 2021

Hearing you have any form of cancer can feel scary. And hearing you have a rare form might add to those emotions. However, it’s important to know that rare forms of skin cancer — including extramammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) — are often treatable. No one quite...

The Three Main Types of Skin Cancer Apr 8th, 2021

Your skin is your largest organ and one of the most likely places for cancer to form. One in five people in the United States will develop a form of skin cancer by age 70. Not all skin cancers are the same, however. The three main types are basal cell...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Mar 12th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Recognizing a Seborrheic Keratosis (And Why It Matters) Mar 10th, 2021

Seborrheic keratosis may sound intense, but these skin growths are harmless. They’re also very common, affecting most people at least once in their lifetime. Recognizing whether you’re dealing with a seborrheic keratosis or something more serious is important, especially since certain forms of precancerous growths and even skin cancer can...

What’s Causing Your Cysts? Feb 3rd, 2021

Most cysts aren’t cancerous, and they don’t usually cause other health problems. Even so, that doesn’t mean cysts are fun. These nodules, which can develop in the skin or inside the body, contain a liquid, semisolid, or gaseous material. When it comes to the skin, these growths are especially common...

Everything You Should Know About the Mediterranean Diet Jan 10th, 2021

In the 1960s, researchers discovered that people in Mediterranean countries, such as Italy and Greece, had lower rates of heart disease compared to the United States and Europe. Out of this research was born the Mediterranean diet. By eating in ways similar to these heart-healthier populations, you may be able...

Common Risk Factors for Skin Cancer Dec 9th, 2020

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting more than 3 million people in the United States each year. If the disease is found early, conservative treatments tend to be highly effective. At the practice of Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Dr. Hendi and his team...

Will a Plant-Based Diet Improve Your Surgery Recovery? Nov 12th, 2020

Eating a plant-based diet can give your body the nutrients it needs and also help reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases. So it naturally follows that if you’re having surgery, eating a plant-based diet can help you recover better. At Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, our...

Ali Hendi, MD - a Dermatologist in private practice Oct 12th, 2020

A widely recognized skin cancer specialist, Dr. Hendi has been caring for patients in the Washington, D.C. area for over a decade. A board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs and reconstructive surgeon, he opened a state-of-the-art surgical facility, dedicated to the treatment of skin cancers, in Chevy Chase, Maryland in 2008.  Since...

Skin Cancer Screening: What to Expect During a Full-Body Skin Exam Oct 6th, 2020

Skin cancer is an umbrella term for several different types of cancer, including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is on the rise — a 77% increase was reported from 1994 to 2014. In Maryland alone, 23% of all cancer diagnoses are melanoma. Thankfully, skin...

When Should You Worry About a Mole? Sep 8th, 2020

Almost everyone has a few moles on their body. Clinically known as “nevi” (plural) or “nevus” (singular), moles are usually harmless. You might be born with moles, or they could emerge during childhood or adolescence.  New or changing moles can be a sign of skin cancer, including melanoma — the...

What Dark-Skinned People Need to Know About Skin Cancer Aug 20th, 2020

Skin cancer is often thought of as something people with fair skin are at risk for. The truth is, people with dark skin can get skin cancer, and when they do they’re more likely to die from the disease.  Widely recognized skin cancer specialist Ali Hendi, MD, and his highly-skilled...

How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer Jul 24th, 2020

We’ve made it to summer! And we’re all a little bit relieved for it. But with everything happening, don’t forget that the risk of skin cancer is still present when you spend time in the sun.  In fact, one in five people, or 20% of the entire U.S. population, can...