Skin cancer on the rise; protect yourself from the sun

Skin cancer on the rise; protect yourself from the sun

Dr. Marisa Potter, Dermatologist

Dermatologist Dr. Marisa Potter wants you to know the golden sunshine that makes our state so beautiful and such an attractive respite for those from colder climates is also one of the leading causes of skin damage in the form of wrinkles, loss of elasticity and most importantly, skin cancer. Exposing your skin to ultraviolet rays whether natural or manmade, guarantees premature skin aging and puts your health at risk.

According to the World Health Organization, ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a proven human carcinogen. So it makes sense to protect your skin, reduce your expose to UVA, and have your skin assessed by a dermatologist annually.

“The country is experiencing a significant increase in the incidence of skin cancer, and the mortality rate from melanoma skin cancer is also on the rise,” said Dr. Potter.

Dr. Potter’s path to becoming a physician took the Pinecrest native away from South Florida for a few years. She earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude. She interned at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and completed her residency in dermatology at the University of Minnesota. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

After working and teaching in New York City, Dr. Potter returned to South Florida. Since October 2013, she has been living in Aventura where family members also reside.

“Aunts, uncles and cousins; they’re all here,” she said.

Dividing her professional work between the Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute in the Design District and Advanced Dermatology in Aventura, Dr. Potter is able to fulfill her mission to help people via medical research, medical dermatology and the aesthetic art of cosmetic dermatology.

She is currently involved in dermatological research for treatments for rosacea, acne, eczema, and wrinkles. In her practice, a patient’s diagnosis is aided by a complete skin examination and by listening to what the patient has to say about the history of any skin disorders they may be suffering or have suffered in the past. “What makes me stand out is that I really care about people,” said Dr. Potter.
Happy to be back in Florida, Dr. Potter is active in the Aventura community and is enjoying the theater, exercising with Zumba classes and being with her family.

“I thought it was time to come home, I couldn’t have ended up in a better place,” said Dr. Potter.

The Baumann Cosmetic and Research Institute is located at 4500 Biscayne Boulevard; Advanced Dermatology is located at 21097 NE 27 Ct. For more information, call 305-532-5552 or 305- 931-6661.

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