Dr. Chapman explains her way of working with patients -
  and we take a look at skin cancer as the summer solstice approaches as of Sunday June 21st 2015

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Spring 2015 Health Enewsletter

March 23rd 2015
George R. Woodbury Jr. M.D.    Cathy M. Chapman M.D.
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC
8143 Walnut Grove Rd. Cordova TN 38018

The Rheumatologist as Detective
Walk to Cure Arthritis: Saturday June 6th 2015
You and your family need a mole check-up because...
You need to call your legislators about ....


The Rheumatologist as detective:
There are approximately 8,000 Rheumatologists in the United States, accounting for less than 1% of all physicians. Rheumatologists have a Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of specialized college courses in the sciences and math, as well as in the social sciences  and humanities. After 4 years of medical school, Rheumatologists complete a “residency” in Internal Medicine, and then a two to four year Fellowship in Rheumatology. On this journey, Rheumatologists must complete a minimum of six separate difficult national standardized examinations. This qualifies them as experts in the diagnosis and treatment of the more than 300 rheumatic diseases.
I, Dr. Chapman, have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Binghamton University, and an MD degree from the University of Chicago. I then did an  Internal Medicine Residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, then a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Rochester. I have been in practice in Memphis for 22 years, with 20 years as a volunteer at the Church health Center, and 20 years teaching medical students and residents at the University of Tennessee. I appreciate your allowing me to help train the doctors of tomorrow – who may care for your children or grandchildren.
Making a correct diagnosis may require several visits over a period of time. It is very helpful to bring existing records to the first visit. This will prevent undue extra visits and testing. Sometimes the diagnosis is very difficult to reach, and experience and a strong foundation in the study of medicine are helpful (as well as having the soul of a detective). 


Our office is helping to promote the Arthritis Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Arthritis,” scheduled the morning of Saturday June 6th 2015.
Location: Shelby Farms, Memphis.
Start time is to be determined. For more:  Michelle Dooner:, or call 1-901-322-1517.

Dr. Chapman welcomes her
assistants Shirley and Vicki to the
Walk to Cure Arthritis in Shelby Farms,
in 2013. Join us the morning of Saturday
June 6th 2015, as we raise awareness
and support for the Arthritis Foundation,
and research in arthritis.

You and Your Family Need a Mole Check-up Because ....
*  Melanoma incidence of is on the rise, taking over 9,000 American lives in 2015. That’s 9,000 lives too many! We encourage getting a regular skin checkup, especially if you or a family member is fair-complected or happens to freckle easily. Sun protection measures including sunscreens are a must.
*  With regular checkups, your doctor can often detect and treat precancerous skin lesions like solar keratoses, as well as basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. Early detection of an atypical mole can at times avoid melanoma. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

These photos are courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology web site: Note that the benign (good) lesion on the left has a smooth line for a border, but the lesion of the right - which is malignant (bad) - has jagged borders and several shades of color. The lesion on the right is a melanoma.

The image above - courtesy of the Skin Cancer
Foundation ( - is a melanoma arising
within a prior benign mole. Note the different
shades of color within the lesion and its
indistinct edges or margins.


Consider contacting your state and
federal legilators about:  

1.) Repeal of the Medicare cuts for healthcare
services to seniors: on April 1st there will be a
22% cut in healthcare services to all seniors
unless repealed by Congress. Call the AMA
Patient Action Network at 1-888-433-6200 to ask
your 2 federal senators+your federal representative
in Washington DC to vote to “repeal” the SGR cuts
to healthcare services by doctors and nurses.

2.) Payer Accountability Bill=TN House
Bill #963=TN Senate Bill #937. This good bill
would require insurance companies to adhere
to the terms of their contracts with healthcare
providers while the contract is in place, and
requires notice and transparency to any changes
to payment to standing contracts. Please
encourage a YES vote by Rep. Joe Towns
(TN House
1-800-449-8366 ext. 12189) and Rep. Steve
McManus (TN House #96:
1-800-449-8366 ext. 11920,+Sen. Reginald Tate (Senate #33:; 1-800-449-8366 ext.12509)+Sen. Dolores Gresham (Senate #26:; 1-800-449-8366 ext 12368).

3.) Motorcycle Safety Helmet Repeal=TN House Bill #700=Senate bill #925. This dangerous legislation would repeat our Tennessee mandatory motorcycle helmet law, a law which has managed to save lives in out state. Please ask TN Senator Sara Kyle (TN Senate District #30)(; 1-800-449-8366 ext. 14167) to vote NO on this bill. Also encourage a NO vote by Rep. Karen Camper (TN House; 1-800-449-8366 ext. 11898) and also a NO vote by Rep. Barbara Cooper (TN House #86;; 1-800-449-8366 ext. 14295). 

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