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Conditions & Diseases

Where Can Melanoma Be Hiding on My Body?

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When check­ing your skin for melanoma, per­haps you think of the dark mole on your back or the asym­met­ri­cal freck­le on your chest. By assess­ing sus­pi­cious spots on your skin, you’re tak­ing the first step to melanoma pre­ven­tion and ear­ly detec­tion. Whether you’re using the Ugly Duck­ling method or the ABC’s tech­nique, it is impor­tant that you and your der­ma­tol­o­gist per­form a thor­ough skin exam­i­na­tion, includ­ing places that might not nor­mal­ly come to mind.

Lifestyle & Wellness

Lifestyle & Wellness

Are Your Allergies Making You Tired?

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Near­ly 30 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion expe­ri­ences sea­son­al aller­gy attacks which cause symp­toms like nasal con­ges­tion, headaches, sneez­ing or cough­ing. Dur­ing an aller­gy flare-up, you may also feel drowsy and have a hard­er time focus­ing on activ­i­ties through­out the day, which is often referred to as brain fog”. Aller­gist, Dr. Andrey Leonov, explains the effect your aller­gies have on your sleep and ener­gy lev­el, and what you can do to min­i­mize symp­toms, includ­ing brain fog.

Lifestyle & Wellness

Your Guide to Your Annual Wellness Visit

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In recent years, health care has been focused on pre­ven­tive med­i­cine. Pre­ven­tive med­i­cine empha­sizes the pro­mo­tion of a healthy lifestyle and proac­tive­ly mon­i­tor­ing for var­i­ous health con­di­tions includ­ing hyper­ten­sion, dia­betes or can­cers. To sup­port these efforts, most com­mer­cial insur­ance providers now cov­er the cost of an annu­al well­ness exam pro­vid­ed by an in-net­work provider*. Pre­ven­tive med­ical care is impor­tant because it pro­vides you and your care team with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to assess your cur­rent health, which can be use­ful for antic­i­pat­ing future health care needs.

Conditions & Diseases

Fisherman with sun protection and hat
Conditions & Diseases

Where Can Melanoma Be Hiding on My Body?

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When check­ing your skin for melanoma, per­haps you think of the dark mole on your back or the asym­met­ri­cal freck­le on your chest. By assess­ing sus­pi­cious spots on your skin, you’re tak­ing the first step to melanoma pre­ven­tion and ear­ly detec­tion. Whether you’re using the Ugly Duck­ling method or the ABC’s tech­nique, it is impor­tant that you and your der­ma­tol­o­gist per­form a thor­ough skin exam­i­na­tion, includ­ing places that might not nor­mal­ly come to mind.

Conditions & Diseases

Melanoma: Learn Your ABC's of Skin Health

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What is Melanoma?

  • Melanoma is a can­cer of the melanocytes, which are the pig­ment pro­duc­ing cells of the skin.
  • It most com­mon­ly occurs on the skin; how­ev­er, may also be found in the eyes, ears, GI tract, cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and in the oral and gen­i­tal mucous membranes.
  • Melanoma is the most com­mon can­cer in women aged 25 – 29 years and is sec­ond only to breast can­cer in women aged 30 – 34 years.
  • This can­cer is more like­ly to occur on areas that are less often exposed and more fre­quent­ly burned, such as the backs of men and the legs of women.
  • It can be fatal if it is neglect­ed; there­fore, ear­ly detec­tion and prompt removal of melanoma can save a life.
Conditions & Diseases

Spot Melanoma…Using the Ugly Duckling Method

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Melanoma is the most dan­ger­ous form of skin can­cer and devel­ops when unre­paired DNA dam­age to skin cells (usu­al­ly from sun­shine or tan­ning beds) trig­gers muta­tions that lead to skin cells mul­ti­ply­ing rapid­ly to form tumors. While melanoma is not the most com­mon skin can­cer, it is the most dead­ly since it can spread to oth­er parts of the body where it is hard­er to treat.

Behavioral & Mental Health

Behavioral & Mental Health

Stress In Your Body

We have all expe­ri­enced moments of stress in our lives. When some­thing unex­pect­ed or alarm­ing hap­pens, a part of your brain, the hypo­thal­a­mus, sets off an inter­nal alarm. This alarm sig­nals your adren­al glands to release hor­mones, adren­a­line and cor­ti­sol, into your ner­vous sys­tem that cause your heart rate to increase, your mus­cles to tense and your breath to quick­en. This is referred to as your fight or flight response, and your body is ready to take action to pro­tect itself from harm.

Behavioral & Mental Health

How the Health Triangle Can Help Guide Your New Year's Resolutions

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Devel­op­ing a health-relat­ed New Year’s res­o­lu­tion can be a great way to kick start a health­i­er year ahead. Instead of just focus­ing on your phys­i­cal health, it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize oth­er areas as well such as your men­tal and social health and well-being. 

Dr. Sal­ly Salman, Inter­nal Med­i­cine, out­lines com­po­nents of the health tri­an­gle to help you deter­mine what your health res­o­lu­tions should focus on in the new year. 

Exercise & Fitness

Exercise & Fitness

Tommy John Surgery – Get Back to Throwing

Whether from overuse or pitch­ing for an extend­ed peri­od of time, elbow injuries are becom­ing more com­mon in both pro­fes­sion­al and ama­teur ath­letes. As a solu­tion for such injuries, Tom­my John Surgery can be rec­om­mend­ed to patients who are expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms and who have tried oth­er forms of ther­a­py with­out suc­cess. At DuPage Med­ical Group, our providers are trained to treat patients from surgery through ther­a­py, help­ing you get back into the game.