Spotlight on Health – May
The flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the weather is warm. Nature seems so inviting and safe during the spring. However, there is a silent, dangerous threat to our health that we often forget about: sunlight. May is dedicated to bringing light to the dangers of the sun’s rays for Melanoma Awareness Month. At UAMS, we want to make sure you have the tools to protect you and your family.
Melanoma is a disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color in the skin or pigment known as melanin. It is an uncommon, but aggressive, form of skin cancer. Melanoma is mainly attributed to excessive sunlight exposure, and children and youth are most susceptible.
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Q: What is the biggest risk factor?
A: Most melanomas are attributed to excess exposure to sunlight. The more time people spend in the sun, especially during youth, the higher their chance of getting this type of cancer. People who have had a severe blistering sunburn — especially as a child — have a higher risk of getting melanoma. People with fair skin get skin cancer more often. There also seems to be a hereditary form of melanoma, but it is not very common.
Q: Where on the body do people usually get melanoma?
A: Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin. When it’s on the skin, it’s called cutaneous melanoma. Men usually get this type of skin cancer on the front and back part of the body between the shoulders and the hips, called the trunk. They may also get it on their head or neck. Women most commonly get melanoma on their legs.
Q: Can melanoma be found early?
A: Everyone should check their skin often for any strange or changing moles or other lesions. People who have more than 50 moles or who have been told they have atypical or dysplastic moles should see a dermatologist regularly to have their skin checked.
A Memorable Memorial Day Meal
Memorial Day is approaching and you may be looking for a yummy, simple meal to share with your friends and family. Check out our healthy recipe archive that is full of options for everyone from the pickiest of eaters to the most relaxed. If you have a hankering for fish, you might like this Southeastern Seasoned Catfish or Herb-Crusted Tilapia. This Mediterranean Diced Salad or Summer Squash Sauté would make a great complement. To top off the meal, try this simple Warm Apple and Cool Ice Cream recipe or Frosted Orange Cake.
Are flip-flops bad for your feet?
Who can resist wearing a pair of light and airy flip-flops as soon as warm weather hits the Natural State? Flip-flops are are cheap, easy and come in any color you want. And they’re great for showing off pedicures! But, is this summer staple shoe really beneficial for your feet? Find out the truth.
Love and Longevity
Soon after celebrating his 80th birthday, Philip Jonsson started feeling a little O-L-D. Slowing down was unheard of in this talented businessman’s lifestyle. But even with all his business and charitable activities, Jonsson had begun to settle into an all-too-comfortable sedentary existence.
Here’s to Your Health
Cirrhosis, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes liver failure, refers to the replacement of normal liver tissue with non-living scar tissue. The most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver are heavy consumption of alcohol and chronic hepatitis C. Learn more about cirrhosis from Dr. T. Glenn Pait in this episode of Here’s to Your Health.