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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.

Five Myths About Men's Health

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Men can devel­op a vari­ety of uri­nary symp­toms or changes with their prostate gland as they age. Most don’t seek med­ical treat­ment for these issues, treat­ing fre­quent night­ly trips to the bath­room and oth­er symp­toms as an inevitable part of the aging process. Devel­op­ing con­di­tions like benign pro­sta­t­ic hyper­pla­sia (an enlarged prostate), uri­nary incon­ti­nence, over­ac­tive blad­der or low­ered testos­terone lev­els does­n’t mean you should suf­fer in silence. These con­di­tions are like­ly to wors­en over time and if left untreat­ed, can lead to oth­er health prob­lems and have a seri­ous impact on your over­all health. Depend­ing on the sever­i­ty of your symp­toms and their impact on your dai­ly rou­tine, there are treat­ment options avail­able to help. Urol­o­gist, Jagan Kansal, MD, MBA, shares some of the mis­con­cep­tions about these com­mon men’s health con­di­tions and treat­ment that are avail­able so you can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle as you age.

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.

Common Questions About Breast Cancer Screening & Risk Factors

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Ear­ly detec­tion is crit­i­cal and breast exams are your first line of defense against breast can­cer. Per­form­ing self-exams, com­plet­ing an annu­al clin­i­cal breast exam and screen­ing mam­mog­ra­phy can iden­ti­fy changes in your breasts ear­ly on when they are most treat­able. If you are unsure of how to per­form a breast exam at home, a provider can offer you guid­ance at your next appoint­ment or screen­ing. Obstetrician/​Gynecologist (OB/GYN) and mem­ber of our High Risk Breast Clin­ic, Shaun­da Chin-Bonds, DO, answers com­mon ques­tions about risk fac­tors, fam­i­ly his­to­ry and when to begin screen­ing for breast cancer.