Health Enewsletter May 2015
George R. Woodbury Jr. M.D. Cathy M. Chapman M.D.
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC
8143 Walnut Grove Rd. Cordova TN 38018
Melanoma: a real health crisis....and what you can do about it!
Dermatologists are battling a growing crisis in the US with a type of skin
cancer called melanoma. The incidence has gone up over 400% in the
last 25 years! The number of people
in the United States developing melanoma surpassed 75,000 in
2013, with over 9,000 melanoma
deaths in 2013. 2000 of these people
with a new diagnosis of melanoma
were younger than 20, and 300 were younger than 12.
Why is melanoma going up in incidence? We think that a combination of factors is at fault: more outdoor sun exposure, more blistering sunburns, and use of tanning salons. Over 1 million American teens tan each week!
1. First, avoid mid-day sun and tanning salon use. Use protective clothing, sun hats, and sunglasses in the summer. Umbrellas are in….
2. Secondly, use ample amounts of sunscreen frequently when in the sun. You want a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and you want to reapply that sunscreen every 90 minutes when out. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen, one that protects both against both the UVB rays and the UVA rays.
3. It takes 2 ounces of sunscreen to cover your entire body.
4. Know your moles, and those of your family. Look for the “ugly duckling” sign: a mole that has changed shape or color. If it’s the first of the month, consider checking everybody’s moles.
5. Remember your little people. It has been shown that even one or two blistering sunburns in childhood increases the lifetime risk of melanoma substantially. So the sun can be a menace.
6. Did you know that there is an epidemic of tanning salon use among teens? And the incidence of skin cancer among women ages 19 to 39 has gone up over 700% in the last 30 years. So talk to your kids!
This child is at risk just from being blond....
Arthritis Foundation's Walk to Cure Arthritis: Saturday morning 06/06/2015: Time to be announced: likely 9:00 AM
Shelby Farms, Memphis TN.
(registration starts at 8:00 AM)
Dr. Chapman welcomes staff
members Shirley and Vicki to
the 2013 Arthritis Walk.
For more information: Michelle Dooner,
Lausanne Collegiate School's Oral History Program: Wednesday evening 04/22/2015: EPAC Auditorium: 1382 West Massey, in East Memphis.
Health Enewsletter May 2015
Please join Dr. Chapman and me for the yearly Lausanne Collegiate School presentation of the students’ oral history interviews, in the school auditorium.
The Lausanne Oral History Program is currently in its 12th year, and hundreds of Americans have been interviewed, with the students focusing on World War II veterans, Korean veterans, Holocaust survivors, and Civil Rights leaders. Dr. Chapman and I have been proud supporters of the program over the years, and the students would enjoy sharing their discoveries with you.
The program will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday 04/22/2015, in the Elder Performing Arts Center, of Lausanne Collegiate School. Lausanne is located at 1382 West Massey, in East Memphis.
You and your family need a mole check-up because ….with regular checkups, your doctor can often detect and treat precancerous skin lesions like solar keratoses, as well as catch skin cancers in an early, treatable stage. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially for high-risk individuals like this child, with his blue eyes, blond hair, and fair complexion ... because ...
...the earlier a skin cancer is detected, the easier it can be biopsied and tested by the lab, and the smaller the scar. Sometimes we can even recommend treatment with creams that can prevent the development of skin cancer. Early detection saves lives.
Melanoma in adults presents typically as a pigmented or changing, dark lesion which often shows ABCDE criteria: A being for Asymmentry, B for an irregular Border, C for a changing or dark Color, D for a Diameter greater than a #2 pencil, and E for an Evolving or changing lesion. Melanoma in kids usually presents as a nodule which is A = Amelanotic (lack of pigment); B= Bleeding, Bump; C=Color uniformity; D= De novo. any Diameter. So melanoma in kids can be tricky. It’s wise to get the help of a medical professional in diagnosis.
This is a photo of a melanoma arising in what's called an atypical mole.
These photos - from the American Academy of Dermatology web site - show the contrast between the a benign (i.e. good) lesion on the left, versus a malignant (i.e. bad) lesion on the right, which is a melanoma.
Getting such a melanoma removed early in its development can be life-saving.
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