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Skin Cancer Screenings / Mole Checks

Dr. Kiken has specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Early detection and treatment can lead to a cure. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of skin cancer. Dr. Kiken can discuss appropriate sun exposure and safe-sun precautionary behaviors with you. It is also important to develop a regular routine to inspect your skin. Any growth, mole, sore or skin discoloration that appears suddenly, or begins to change in appearance, needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist.


Acne affects most teens, but it can affect people of all ages. Acne is not a life-threatening condition, but the lesions associated with the condition are upsetting and can be disfiguring. It is important to seek treatment for yourself or your teen, as there are many options available to reduce the embarrassment and scarring associated with acne.


Birthmarks are areas of discolored skin on a baby's body at or shortly after birth. Over eighty percent of babies have some kind of birthmark. Vascular birthmarks are caused by blood vessels that have accumulated below the surface of the skin. Pigmented birthmarks - usually brown, gray, bluish, or black - result from an abnormal development of pigment cells. Most birthmarks are harmless and non-cancerous, but a physician should examine your child's birthmarks, especially if one begins to change or grow.


The term Eczema is used to describe many red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, thickened and itching skin conditions. Eczema is also called Atopic Dermatitis. This condition can occur at any age. It usually presents with an almost unbearable itching that can become severe at night. The itching causes patients to scratch, which can lead to infection. Any rash that does not resolve should be examined by a dermatologist and may be treated with topical, oral or light treatments.


Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness, tenderness, and swelling, primarily on the face. Other areas that can be affected are the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Rosacea can be treated with a variety of topical agents as well as lasers.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum (or MC) is a viral infection of the skin which appears as flesh-colored, pearly, dome-shaped bumps. It is spread through skin-to-skin contact or sharing clothing or towels. The lesions may last for weeks to months or even years. They are generally not painful but may itch or become irritated. Many cases of molluscum clear up naturally within a year or less, but as long as the skin growths are present, there is a possibility of transmitting the infection to another person. Therefore, if you suspect you or your child has this infection, it should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

Psoriasis and Rashes

Psoriasis is not always persistent and may go through periods of improvement or worsening. The skin forms red, thick patches covered by silvery scales. Topical treatment, light therapy and/or oral or injectable medications may be used to control the psoriasis.


This skin disease causes milky-white patches of skin on the face, lips, hands, arms, legs, and genital areas, but can occur anywhere on the body. The cause is uncertain. Treatment may include light therapy and/or topical or injected agents.


Warts are caused by a virus. Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch. Warts can grow anywhere on the skin, but most often occur on the hands. Plantar (foot) and genital warts are also common. Treatment may include freezing or removing the wart, topical medications, or injection of medication to hasten resolution of the wart.

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