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Our care is more


than skin deep.


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editorial@robson.com | SUN LAKES SPLASH | May 2013 your


Editor’s Note: “2 Your Health” is a new column in the Sun Lakes Splash dedicated to health issues. Each month different doctors and or medical associations, from varying specialties, will be writing on issues of importance. Articles are based on experiences and independent research conducted by the doctors or medical associations. We encourage anyone considering changing medications and or altering medical therapy, as a result of information contained in these articles, to consult your doctor first. Robson Publishing, a division of Robson Communities, Inc. is not liable for information contained in these articles.


health


What is malignant melanoma? It is a dangerous form of skin cancer that


can spread throughout your body if you do not get medical treatment. It comprises approximately 5 percent of all skin cancers, but is the most lethal type. Who gets it? Anyone can get melanoma, but some


people have a higher risk, including those with: * A family history (fi rst degree relative) * A history of blistering sunburn as a child


* Skin that usually burns, but does not tan


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about delivering high quality, personalized


dermatologic care for your entire family.”


* Greater than 50 moles of any size * Moles larger than the size of a pencil eraser (6 mm)


How can I tell if I have it? First, check to see if you have any


abnormal spots on your skin or scalp. Identify spots that need closer attention by knowing your ABCDEs: * A = Asymmetry (one-half of the mole is different from the other half)


* B = Border (the border of the mole is irregular)


* C = Color (the mole has different shades of color)


* D = Diameter (the mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser)


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* E = Evolving (the mole is changing in size, shape or color)


The only way to fi nd out for sure if you have melanoma is by having your doctor


remove a sample of the spot on your skin to be examined (skin biopsy). If you do have melanoma, the biopsy will also tell your doctor how deep the melanoma goes into your skin, which is an important prognostic indicator. How is it treated? Melanoma is treated by removing the


cancerous spot and some of the normal skin around the spot. In most cases, this can be done at your doctor’s offi ce with local numbing medicine. If you have a melanoma that has grown more deeply into your skin (1 mm or deeper), your doctor may recommend you have a biopsy of your lymph node. This can help determine if your melanoma has spread. How do I prevent malignant melanoma? * Stay out of the sun during the midday hours (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).


* Wear protective clothing * Use a sunscreen every day with an SPF of at least 15. Look for a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB.


* Avoid sunbathing and tanning salons. Studies suggest that your risk of melanoma increases by 75% if you start using artifi cial tanning before you are 30 years old.


Dr. Joseph Allgeier Radiant Complexions of Chandler 270 W. Chandler Heights Road #4 Chandler, AZ 85248 480-726-7546 


The Golden Girls of Sun Lakes in Africa


The Golden Girls of Sun Lakes: Shirley Blonder, Dee Guthrie, June Heinz, Dee Siehl and Suzy Wiggins.


The name, Golden Gir;s pf Sun Lakes,


was given to us by other members of our African tour. We went to Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nambia; four days on a safari, and then traveled to Cape Town in South Africa. On safari, we saw the big five:


elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards and rhinos along with zebras, monkeys,


gazelles, crocodiles and giraffes. We went to a private home for a true


African dinner. In Cape Town, we went through Nelson Mandela’s home and the prison where he was kept for 25 years. When asked what our favorite memory five of us


was, all


elephant ride and petting a live cheetah. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! 


RESCUE ______________________________ - continued from page 29


Rescue organizations are always in need


of fi nancial assistance and human resources. They will gladly accept your monetary donations (usually tax-deductible; ask for a receipt on their letterhead) and/or your offer of time and talent. They also need volunteers to clean cages


and kennels; foster dogs, cats and rabbits until they can be adopted; build or repair facilities; perform administrative duties; or maybe just


walk and play with some of the animals. No matter how you decide to help,


know that you’ll be making an important contribution in the lives of animals who, often through no fault of their own, fi nd themselves sick, hurt, unwanted, and/or unloved. Remember, you can make a difference. Reprinted with permission of Dr. Holmes,


Pecan Grove Veterinary Hospital, Tempe, Arizona. 


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