(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.
Have you ever discovered that your father, brother, husband, partner or boyfriend failed to schedule — or keep — a doctor’s visit for a screening or a preventative checkup? Did you know, on average, women in the United States are expected to live approximately five years longer than men? One possible explanation is that women are more likely than men to see their doctors regularly. As a periodontist and oral healthcare professional, I can personally attest to the validity of this statement. Let’s change that! June is Men’s Health Month. All men should take these three important steps to start reducing their risk of cancer: exercise, eat healthy and get screened.
The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that one person dies from cancer of the skin every hour in the United States. Skin cancer can be essentially divided into two categories: melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and both types have been increasing at alarming rates worldwide. The risk factors for the development of skin cancer include light-colored skin, eyes, and hair, ultraviolet radiation (sun) exposure, tanning parlor use, smoking, increased age, immune system suppression and certain genetic diseases. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears as a skin-colored to reddish bump on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, scalp, arms and legs. While less common, lesions on sun-protected skin may also be seen, particularly in patients who frequent tanning parlors. BCC usually doubles in size yearly and can invade into surrounding tissue with a destructive effect. It can also very rarely spread to other organs (metastasize) if left untreated. Multiple surgical and nonsurgical therapeutic options exist, and these must be discussed with your dermatologist. Early detection and treatment is the key to prevent disfiguring lesions.
(StatePoint) Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a danger to skin and eyes year-round, playing a contributing factor to skin damage, skin cancer and eye disorders like cataracts. With May being UV Awareness Month, it’s a great time to take steps to protect your family.
(BPT) - Summer is a time for playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, but activities like volleyball, enjoying a picnic lunch in the park or even driving to work with the sunroof open can lead to unexpected sun exposure.
(NAPSI)—The average American spends more than 101 minutes a day in a car. Unfortunately, what many drivers and passengers fail to realize is that when they are in a car, not all the danger they face is on the road.
(BPT) - Most American’s aren’t consuming enough nutrients from their daily diet. Only 1 percent of the population meets minimum standards of a balanced diet, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A well-chosen supplement can benefit many people, especially those who are dieting, older than age 50, pregnant or following an exercise regimen.
(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories – whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing so, they can become a sun-savvy role model for the whole family.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to the latest in skin care, anti-aging products are taking the lead.
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you’ve just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you’re facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it’s important to face your concern by becoming informed about your condition and all treatment options.
(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they’re at a sunny park, watching a football game, or simply driving to work.
(BPT) - Four out of five women are likely to be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives, although most will never know it. Using a condom won't always prevent it. And it's the cause of virtually every case of cervical cancer. Yet a woman who finds out she has an HPV infection is not likely to tell even her closest friends.
She was just a Corona girl working in her family’s hardware store with a chemist for an uncle before she was EstÈe Lauder. But she became the co-founder of a company worth $8 billion selling products all over the world.
Born Josephine Esther Mentzer and changing her first name to EstÈe, adapted from her nickname, Esty, the young woman was in high school when she started to sell beauty products in salons. She would demonstrate them on women while they were using hair dryers — a concept of touching and showing the customer the products that is still used by the company to this day.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a timely bill passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law in July by Gov. Cuomo went into effect last month, authorizing “funding of mapping incidence of breast cancer from the Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund to qualified research institutions, organizations or agencies.”
(StatePoint) While skin cancer is highly prevalent and incidence rates are rising, it also remains one most treatable types of cancer. But you need to remain vigilant about your skin and share any changes or concerns with your doctor before they become bigger problems.
As the sun beats down on Queens and the region in the season’s strongest heat wave yet, a bill designed to protect children from overexposure to our home star’s waves of energy is making its way to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Whether he will sign it is not yet known.
While rare in childhood, skin cancer does not only affect adults and the incidence of melanoma among children and adolescents has been increasing over the past several decades. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that between 1973 and 2009, the incidence of melanoma in children and adolescents increased by 2 percent per year. Thus, it is extremely important that we increase awareness and encourage good sun-protection behavior starting at even a young age.
Many parents have questions about how they can best protect their children from the sun. Often questions arise about what sunscreen to use and how to apply it. There are new U.S. Food and Drug Administration sunscreen labeling rules. Understanding what to look for on the sunscreen label is important.
Dermatologists and skin cancer experts, especially before and during the summer months, write articles and give speeches on the harmful effects of sun exposure on the skin: the risk for melanoma and other skin cancers and premature aging of the skin. Despite all efforts, beaches are filled with people tanning in the midday sun, streets are filled with people with a pink-red burnt or bronze skin and tanning salons are filled with clients. Why can’t we deliver our message? Tanning is harmful to our skin just like smoking is harmful to our lungs.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. One person dies every hour from melanoma in the U.S. There are more than 76,250 estimated new cases of invasive melanoma in the U.S. annually resulting in over 9,180 deaths per year. It is the fifth and sixth most common cancer in men and women, respectively. If melanoma is diagnosed early, it is typically cured with surgery. However, advanced disease has a poor outcome and can lead to death.
Dr. Orit Markowitz
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one person dies from skin cancer every hour in the United States — a good reason why everyone should schedule regular skin examinations. But you may ask, how do dermatologists know when a skin growth or mole needs to be removed?
In the past, every worrisome skin lesion required a biopsy, meaning a small piece of tissue was surgically removed and sent to a pathology laboratory. If the biopsy showed cancer, additional surgery was needed. Even today, surgical biopsy and removal continues to be the standard of care for skin cancer. Fortunately, we have newer techniques that enable us to not only catch skin cancers earlier but also to help us prevent unnecessary biopsies. Total body photography, digital dermoscopy mole monitoring as well as handheld dermoscopy lesion evaluation are some examples of this vital technology. Dr. Orit Markowitz speaks around the globe on these topics and each year directs the Mount Sinai Greater NY Dermoscopy course for dermatologists in the New York and New Jersey area who are trying to hone in on these new important diagnostic tools.
Mercy Medical Center, located in Rockville Centre in neighboring Nassau County, is holding two free events in September that Queens residents are invited to attend.
The first is a free prostate cancer screening, by appointment, that will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Eric Thall, Mercy Medical Center’s director of urology, along with associates from his Advance Urology Centers of New York, will provide both prostate-specific antigen blood tests and digital rectal examinations in the Pre-Surgical Testing suite on the main floor of the hospital.
Infants: Seborrheic dermatitis, or “cradle cap,” is very common in infants. While the condition will generally pass with use of gentle cleansers, in severe cases a prescription medication may be necessary. It is also important not to confuse run-of-the mill cradle cap with a true fungal infection.