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Health Enewsletter May 2016

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Memphis Dermatologic Society Free Skin Cancer Screening Saturday May 7th 2016

Know the Signs of Melanoma: Early Detection Saves Lives

Walk to Cure Arthritis Saturday 06/04/2016


Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova TN 38018
1-901-753-0168; Rheuderm@Comcast.net

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Drs. George Woodbury and Cathy Chapman of Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates invite you to learn about several upcoming events in Memphis Tennessee.

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Dr. George
Woodbury and Dr. Cathy Chapman
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates
5210 Poplar Ave #150
Memphis TN
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova, TN 38018
 (901) 753-0168


 

Free Memphis Skin Cancer Screening:
Memphis Dermatologic Society:
Saturday May 7th 2016, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM:


Participating locations:
Cordova YMCA—7950 Club Center Dr, Cordova, TN 38016
Downtown YMCA—Memphis—245 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Inside Out Gymn—2162 Courtland Pl, Memphis, TN 38104
Shady Grove Elementary School—5360 Shady Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120
Bartlett Recreation Center—7700 Flaherty Pl, Memphis, TN 38133
 
There is no charge to the screened. 

Since 1985, millions of Americans have been screened by volunteer dermatologists
through this annual screening program, organized through the American Academy of Dermatology.
Over  27,000 suspected melanomas have been detected.
Lives can be saved by early detection. So get your moles checked,
and get your family’s moles checked!

Rheumatology and Dermatology Medical Assistants Vicki and Shirley
encourage you to come to be screened, and consider bringing the whole family! 


The photo above illustrates several of the characteristic features of melanoma,
a malignancy of the pigment-producing cells of the skin:


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.

(Reprinted with Permission of the American Academy of
Dermatology. All rights reserved.)
_________________________________________________________________________________Melanoma: Melanoma: a real health crisis
Dermatologists are battling a growing crisis in the US with melanoma.
The incidence of this type of skin malignancy 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 10,000 melanoma deaths
anticipated in 2016 in the United States. 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?
Factors include more outdoor sun exposure, more blistering sunburns, and use of tanning salons.  Over 1 million American teens tan indoors each week! 

So what can you do about the risk of melanoma for your family?
 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 markedly. Protect your kids!

The child below would be considered high risk because of his blond hair and fair complexion:


 
 
 
Medical Assistants Shirley (left) and Vicki (right) join Dr. Cathy Chapman in June - to help to promote the Walk to Cure Arthritis.

 

 
 
Our office is helping to promote the Arthritis Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Arthritis,”
9:00 AM Saturday June 4th 2016

Location: Shelby Farms, Memphis, Tennessee

For more:  Michelle Dooner: mdooner@arthritis.org, or call 1-901-322-1517.
 

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George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (05/06/2016)

 
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