RESEARCH AT DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY CENTER OF WASHINGTON
Dr. Skelsey has received a Clinical Research Feasibility Funds Award through the Georgetown University Medical Center for a clinical study assessing the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in patients with basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Recently, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the role of vitamin D in malignancies. Several small epidemiological studies have shown a direct relationship between low levels of vitamin D and increased prevalence of solid tumors, such as colon and breast cancers.
Until now, the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in patients with non-melanoma cutaneous malignancies has not been investigated. Through the Division of Dermatology at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Skelsey is currently conducting a clinical research study to better understand the role vitamin D may play in non-melanoma skin cancers. Patients who have had a basal or squamous cell carcinoma biopsied after April 1st, 2009 and who are between the ages of 18 and 65 may be eligible.
Please contact our office at 301-652-8081 if you would like to inquire about the study.