“Cancer Prevention”

How far would YOU go to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer?

Many discussions were had in the news regarding Angelina Jolie and her decision to have both ovaries removed to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer.  Was this reasonable? What should the rest of us do? Read my latest blog on doctoroz.com to find out.




OnCall with Dr Darria–The Dermatologist is IN!

For this week, I had Dr Emmy Graber, a dermatologist and Director of the Boston University Cosmetic and Laser Center at Boston Medical Center.  Think of this episode as your private info session to pick your favorite dermatologist’s brain (AHEM…I DID pick her brain, so you can have the benefit of seeing her favorite general “regimen”  that she thinks everyone that wants great skin should be using!  Read below for that, or watch parts 1 and 2).

Also–have you ever wondered what actually HAPPENS when someone gets an injection in their skin of either the wrinkle fillers (Restylane, Perlane, etc) or Botox and Dysport?  Watch Part 3 of the video to find out (and caution before watching if you have a thing against needles!!!)

Dr Graber’s Regimen: Remember, introduce one product into your regimen at a time–dont start with more than that, or you’ll wind up with irritated and angry skin.

  • Cleanser– Great to use a gentle cleanser (she loved Cetaphil, purpose, or Cerave), especially if you are using the products below, which can be drying
  • Vitamin A Derivative (Retin-A, Renova)–use only a pea-size amount at night, and if you find it drying, use only 2-3 times a week.
  • Glycolic Acid– can use as a wash or lotion, and is a great way to exfoliate.  Once you’ve gotten well-established with the Vitamin A product, then you can start introducing this into your regimen (It can be irritating, so start slowly).  You can alternate it on nights that you dont use the Vitamin A (Retin-A/Renova) product.
  • Vitamin C-based serum– Dr Graber pointed out that this is one product in which paying a little bit more money may get you a better product (she debunked many of the other expensive potions and lotions!)
  • Sunscreen–SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum, EVERY DAY.  Whether cloudy or not!

By the way, are you furrowing your brow as you’re reading this? Stop that.  You’ll just give yourself wrinkles 🙂


Protect Your Skin Like a Dermatologist!

Who doesn’t love to play with the newest beauty products?!? Now, what if they were also vetted by a top dermatologist for your best sun protection?  For our episode this week, we had the best of both –I had Dr Joseph Merola (click on the link to contact him), a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital come on as a guest.  We discussed the new FDA sunscreen labeling guidelines, how to protect yourself from skin cancer, and some of his favorite sun protection products (see the links below the video clips for where to find the products we mention).

Enjoy and Happy Summer!!!


  1. Use the correct sunscreen, apply generously, and reapply often
  2. Dont forget the potential added benefit of sun-blocking clothing (some can be bought with protection built-in like Coolibar, others can be protected with UV Protective Detergent)
  3. “Get your birthday suit checked on your birthday”, as the American Academy of Dermatology advises

Products mentioned in the show:

Reduce the Risk of Cancer in You and Your Family

This past week I talked with Dr John Lewis, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital about cancer prevention and screening for some of the biggest causes of cancer death in the US.  Nancy Oliveira, a nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Faulkner Hospital also stopped by to show us five of the top cancer-fighting foods.

The good news? You can make changes that are PROVEN to reduce your risk of cancer.  Now, some may be more pleasant than others (i.e.: delicious berries vs…ahem… colonoscopies or mammograms..), but each of them is crucial in the fight against cancer.

Try to incorporate some of the great foods that Nancy mentioned into your diet this week (AS IF you needed any further excuse to eat garlic–but if you did, then watch and learn), and talk to your own physician to make sure that you’re following the national screening guidelines to catch cancer early.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments, and you can also find the contact information for Dr John Lewis and Nancy Oliveira below!