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Play it safe with screening of moles at Algonquin dermatology practice

Moles treatment, Illinois Moles (technically called melanocytic nevi) are a very common skin growth affecting people of all skin types. Almost everyone has at least one mole on their body, and many people have 50 to 100 benign moles. It is important to have moles mapped and checked by a dermatologist at least once a year. Dr. Vikram Khanna urges patients with moles to schedule annual screening at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois, in Algonquin. He also helps patients understand how to check their moles at home, and determine which moles might be of concern.

What causes moles?

Moles are simply skin cells that form in a cluster, rather than being spread out evenly. Melanocytes, the type of cells that make up moles, create the pigment that gives color to skin.

They are usually brown or black, and may appear anywhere on the skin, singly or in clusters. Moles typically show up during the first 30 years of life, then change slowly. They may become raised, a different color, or sprout hair. Some disappear naturally, and others darken with sun exposure.

The importance of screening

While most moles are benign, there are cases in which they should be observed for possible cancer concerns. This kind of cancer is called malignant melanoma, and is very serious. The incidence of melanoma is quite high and increasing every year. If left untreated, it usually becomes fatal. Fortunately, early treatment of melanoma is often simple and results in a cure in most cases.

At an initial skin cancer screening, Dr. Khanna maps the location of moles as a baseline. He also makes note of any suspicious moles to watch closely for future changes.

If you notice changes to a current mole, or discover the appearance of new moles, call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois right away for an appointment in Algonquin. The number is (844) 307-7546


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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.