Delray dermatologist Dr. Brent Schillinger knocks out ailments in Bahamas

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By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Dermatologist Dr. Brent Schillinger is helping Bahamians on the island of Eleuthera with dermatology care, education and health screenings.
He’s doing so thanks to a partnership with Dr. Jonathan Levine and Stacey Levine’s GLO Good Foundation and rock star Lenny Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation. Dr. Schillinger’s Yama Bahama has spent the better part of the last year working with the Bahamian Government and have tried to get permission to do some mission work and health treatments in the Bahamas.
“By combining all of our efforts we’re going over to Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas. We’re going over there to help those people with dental and dermatology care and do some other health screenings there. I’ve been involved in a lot of volunteer international mission work. Particularly I go to developing nations or what people call third world nations where the medical care is not up to par,” Dr. Schillinger said.
Yama Bahama Foundation is named after Dr. Schillinger’s wife’s late father, who was a famous boxer in the 1950s and 1960s. The Schillinger’s are doing this in his honor, in his name.
“I’ve been to Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and other places. Bahamas came up on the list because my wife is from Bimini and we made a trip there a couple of years ago when I first met her and determined that they do need some extra help,” he said.
Dr. Schillinger specializes in all aspects of dermatology care at Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches, 3100 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach. He is on staff at Delray Medical Center.
Staying on the music topic, a lot of people may not know but Bob Marley, the famous Reggae singer and guitarist, had a genetic form of melanoma, which actually turned into cancer and which he died from in 1981.
“There are three main types of skin cancer and melanoma is one of the three. The most common one is basal cell carcinoma which is an overgrowth of the bottom layer of the epidermis – the base layer of the epidermis. That one makes up maybe 50 percent of the skin cancers we see and maybe even more. Usually caused by the sun,” said Dr. Schillinger.
There are about five main types of melanoma, according to Dr. Schillinger.
“Squamous cell carcinoma is the next most common one although it depends who you ask. I think maybe pathologists are diagnosing them more and we’re finding them earlier but there is a heck of a lot of squamous cell carcinomas. In the old days in the 1970s and 1980s we used to think squamous cell was much worse than basal cell. I think these days we’re catching them so early that some of the squamous cell cancers may be less serious. Those are the most common but the melanoma by far is the most serious and we’re seeing more and more of them all the time,” he said.
According to Dr. Schillinger, statistically, back in 1930, about one out of every 200 people would get melanoma in their lifetime.
“It is projected by the year 2025 that as many as one out of 40 people in the U.S. alone could get melanoma in their lifetime. The good thing is we’re diagnosing a lot more melanoma because we’re really looking for it.”
For more information on Dr. Brent Schillinger and Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches call 561-278-1362 or visit www.greatderms.com. For more information on the mission in Eleuthera to provide dental, health care education to people in need visit: www.glogoodfoundation.org.