Nobody wants to hear that they’ve got the dreaded C — cancer. Among the deadliest and most feared types are lung, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer, not to mention Leukemia. Skin cancer isn’t as infamous as these. However, it can be just as serious.That raises two questions. What can you do to make sure that you don’t develop skin cancer? Also, what steps should you take if you suspect that you might have it? The answers to these questions could very well save your life.
The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. BCC affects the basal cells, which are responsible for replacing old skin cells with new.
SCC, on the other hand, affects the squamous cells that form the outer layer of the skin. These two forms are the most common and are often caused by prolonged exposure to the sun without adequate protection.Then, there’s melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. This form occurs when the pigment-producing cells in the body become cancerous. While this form is generally the most dangerous, it’s good to note that basal and squamous cell can also be deadly if left untreated.
Research has shown that certain groups of people have a higher risk . If you fit into one or more of these categories, you may want to take extra precautions and be more attentive to your skin. Risk factors include:
Especially if you have a higher risk or are suspicious of an area of your skin, you should seek a check up right away. Screenings don’t take long at all and can be lifesavers. The earlier skin cancers are detected, the better the outcome.Why not get a check up by a doctor just to be sure that you’re in the clear? All of the doctors at Premier Family Medical are qualified to spot skin cancers and we also have a dermatologist on hand, Aaron Peterson . Pay us a visit and get a screening!
In 2011, the CDC reported that 1 in 12 people in the US (approximately 25 million) have asthma , with the numbers rising every year. Can you imagine, then, how many people have chronic asthma in 2017?
Many people develop the disease as children. From then on they experience episodes of shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing fits and wheezing. During asthma attacks, the airways leading to the lungs constrict, preventing enough air from passing in and out. Additionally, the body produces extra mucus, clogging the airways even more.Needless to say, it can be a challenge for children and adults alike to live with this condition. Yet, you’ll be happy to know that it is manageable and doesn’t have to stop you from living a full, happy and healthy life. What are some things you can do to keep your asthma under wraps instead of it keeping you under wraps?
When most people hear that word arthritis, they immediately associate it with adults — especially older individuals. While the Arthritis Foundation does report that close to 50% of people over age 65 do have some form of arthritis , many younger individuals are also living with it.
In fact, two-thirds of those diagnosed are under age 65. You might be surprised to know that some 300,000 children of varying ages are a part of this group! The month of July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month.The purpose is to educate parents and others on this painful condition and help them to support children who bravely battle it each day. Why not test your current knowledge on this important subject?
When summer rolls around, most people are inevitably exposed to more sun whether they lay out and tan or not. It’s been long since confirmed that the use of tanning beds and prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without any sun protection, can have detrimental effects.
This might leave you wondering how you can avoid these issues, yet still have healthy, glowing skin all summer long. Let’s consider some do’s and don’ts that will be a major help.