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Supporting our veterans

A dermatologist helps a Vietnam veteran manage ongoing skin challenges—including cancer—related to Agent Orange exposure.

Jack’s story

Jack Cooper
Jack Cooper, Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Naples, Florida
As a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, I wasn’t thinking about taking care of my skin – sunscreen was the least of our worries. That time has since caught up with me. I’ve been treated for several skin cancers as well as other skin conditions related to Agent Orange exposure. The symptoms can be deeply painful, and I started wearing long sleeve shirts to cover up the sores on my arms and neck.

I’m so glad that the Department of Veterans Affairs referred me to Dr. Yag-Howard. She was able to remove my melanoma and prescribe medications to address and correct the symptoms of my other skin conditions. Since I began seeing Dr. Yag-Howard, I’ve been symptom-free for more than a year.

It’s more than just being comfortable in my skin; she’s also empowered me to do things I haven’t done in decades, like playing golf. Dr. Yag-Howard told me how to avoid sun exposure and gave me confidence to go out and do the things I enjoy - without compromising my health. I know how bad my skin was before, so I feel much better knowing how to prevent that from happening again. I’m fortunate and deeply grateful to Dr. Yag-Howard and other specialists who are there to care for me and other veterans.

The dermatologist's perspective

Cyndi Yag Howard

“It’s incredibly rewarding to treat our veterans and give back to those who have given so much for our country. I’m fortunate to have met many outstanding people through my volunteer work with the VA and our weekly drop-in clinics. Educating people on how to care for their skin is just as important as treating their existing conditions.”

─ Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD, Yag-Howard Dermatology & Aesthetic Center

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