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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Skin Cancer – Why Risk It?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. If current trends continue, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, races and complexions.

Many of the more than one million skin cancer cases diagnosed each year could have been prevented with protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Effective methods of protecting against skin cancer include:
  • Avoiding deliberate tanning
  • Applying sunscreen daily and reapplying frequently with continued sun exposure
  • Wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible
The key to beating skin cancer is early detection. It is critical that any skin growths, sores or changes in moles are immediately reported to your physician.

Penn Dermatology
Penn Cancer Services
Free Skin Cancer Screening

Using mindfulness meditation to manage stress

The Penn Program for Mindfulness teaches stress management techniques to achieve balance and greater happiness in life. The program helps reduce depression and anxiety, increase focus and mental clarity, improve communication, heal from trauma and manage difficult situations. In conjunction with the Abramson Cancer Center, the Penn Program for Mindfulness provides a variety of programs, including online classes, workshops and teacher training.
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Abramson Cancer Center

Lyme disease: facts and prevention tips

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. To prevent the transmission of Lyme disease, limit skin exposure, use insect repellant, wear light clothing and check yourself and your pets for ticks during and after walks in wooded or grassy areas. Early stages of Lyme disease can often be treated with a single course of oral antibiotics. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious heart, nervous system and joint problems. The majority of Lyme disease cases in the northeastern United States occur in the summer and fall.

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