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Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry has been blessed with an amazing musical career, belting songs like the Glee-rific “Don’t Stop Believing” that celebrate optimism. Recently, via a fan site, Perry disclosed a health scare: A lesion on his right cheek was biopsied and found to be melanoma skin cancer.
Steve Perry is not our patient, but he has long had a small oval mole on his right cheek. Chronic sun exposure can cause moles to "Journey" to the dark side, literally. In recent images, a larger, more irregular version of this lesion can be seen in candid pics. It is possible that this is the lesion that was biopsied.
A recent image shows an irregular shape.
The signs of skin cancer?
Presumably, the melanoma was superficial. Perry reports that he underwent two surgeries and was told that no further treatment was necessary. He made no mention of lymph node biopsies, a good sign. When caught early and excised, the prognosis for melanoma may be excellent.
We give Perry credit for coming forward with his experience. An image was posted showing a significant facial scar. In his post he jokingly compared his appearance to characters from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" series. Fans of skinema.com know that movie scars usually adorn evil characters. Not to worry, Perry. Even large facial scars can fade in color and show improved texture over time, aided with either surgical revision or laser treatments. He has every right to remain optimistic. Don’t Stop Believing…and for the rest of you, Don’t Stop Sunscreening.
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British singer Amy Winehouse had a swollen cheek...
...and crusting consistent with a bacterial infection.
Buzzing bloggers banter about blue singer's bacterial burden. The internet went mad for R & B chanteuse Amy Winehouse's appearance with a left cheek as swollen as her beehive hairdo. While some surmised trauma, the official word was that she had developed "impetigo," a type of contagious bacterial infection. The most common cause of impetigo is strep bacteria. Dried, yellow, and flaking, the appearance of the disease is often described as "honey crusted." While it is certainly possible that Winehouse is fending off a routine case of skin strep, certain aspects are not typical. Usually strep impetigo is seen in children, who are still developing a mature immune system. The affected area may be red and tender but not usually swollen.
The appearance of Winehouse's markedly bloated cheek raises the possibility of an infection with Strep's sinister cousin, Staph Aureus. This pesky pest tends to cause more swelling and blistering than strep, and commonly affects adults. Certain strains, known as MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staph Aureus) have developed a resistance to certain antibiotics and can be particularly hard to clear. Infection sites can be swabbed and the bacterial culprit identified. Along with the appropriate antibiotic pill, surgical drainage of the swollen area may be necessary. We assume that Amy will be more open to antibacterial treatments then she has been about rehab.
For Britney's acne, hair issues and lip enhancement, she's earned the Life Achievement Award.
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After winning a coveted "Skinnies Award" for getting too much sun, pop sensation Britney Spears felt she had too much of something else: her hair. Opting for an extremely surprising extreme makeover, Spears sheared herself bald in what some cable pundits think is a sign of mental instability. Yet Spears is not the first high profile chanteuse to go hairless. Irish siren Sinead O'Conner has appeared shaved and sultry for most of her career. Rocker Joan Jett tried the cue ball look when she starred in a theater version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Soul sister Erykah Badu has been seen hair-free on tour starting in 2001, stating that she wanted to “make room for new things.” It is possible that there may have been a medical reason for Badu's hair loss, such as overtreatment of hair or alopecia areata. Finally, Melissa Etheridge proudly displayed her pate while battling breast cancer. So will Britney establish baldness as a new fashion trend? Since most women prize their locks as a sign of health and beauty, it seems unlikely that impressionable teens will start shaving their scalps. Spears has since been seen sporting a blond wig, so we doubt the "Oops, I did it again" girl will cut her hair in the future.