Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D.

Sancy Leachman M.D., Ph.D. Photo of Sancy Leachman, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology Director, Melanoma Research Program, Knight Cancer Institute Professor of Dermatology School of Medicine Expertise Dermatology Special focus on Genetic Skin Disorders & Melanoma Skin Cancers Education B.A., University of Texas at Austin Plan II, Austin Texas 1985 M.D., Ph.D., […]

Better than a “Free Skin Cancer Screening”

DermDetect uses the latest technology to improve our ability to assist you in the early detection of all skin cancers.  Our technology costs money and our people need to be paid.  “There are no free lunches” remains true today. Did you know that melanoma is the only skin cancer they are looking for at a […]

Top 10 Reasons to get screened

Anyone can get skin cancer, however, some people are more susceptible than others. Here are the top 10 Risk Factors to consider: Fair Skin A history of sunburns Excessive sun exposure Tanning Salon Use Sunny or high-altitude climate Exposure to radiation or cancer-causing substances Multiple moles Pre-cancerous skin lesions A family history of skin cancer […]

Why is DermDetect doing this?

DermDetect’s mission is to support the development and delivery methodologies and technologies to detect melanoma and other skin cancers earlier, improve overall survival rates, expand skin cancer awareness and screening to everyone. The company founders know first hand the difficulty in accurately reading dermoscopy and recognized that with secure cloud technology we could provide access […]

How does the sun and UV cause cancer?

How does the sun and UV cause cancer? Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in your skin cells and cause skin cancer. In the UK almost 9 in 10 cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunbeds. […]

“More people develop skin cancer because of indoor tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.

“the risk of cutaneous melanoma is increased by 75% when the use of tanning devices starts before age 30.” Tanning Beds and Skin Cancer Risks Types Purpose Risks Alternatives What is a tan? Our society associates a glowing tan with health, youth, and attractiveness. However, the plain truth is that a tan or sunburn is […]

Lichenoid keratosis

During my most recent Advanced Skin Cancer Screening, the Demographer discovered a new growth on the top of my left ear.  With the D-200 EVO at 50X magnification (5 times more than a Dermoscope) the Epiluminecense Microscopy was color-coded RED by the Academic Dermatologist at OHSU.  My local Dermatologist admitted that he would not have […]

Melanoma Early Detection: Big Data, Bigger Picture

Tracy Petrie1, Ravikant Samatham1, Alexander M. Witkowski2,3, Andre Esteva4 and Sancy A. Leachman1,5 Innovative technologies, including novel communication and imaging tools, are affecting dermatology in profound ways. A burning question for the field is whether we will retrospectively react to innovations or proactively leverage them to benefit precision medicine. Early detection of melanoma is a dermatologic area particularly poised […]