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The Valley Breeze & Observer 08-08-2019

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10 SENIOR LIVING GUIDE AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE SENIOR LIVING | DISEASE PREVENTION In fact, about 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have experienced at least one type of skin disease. Before enjoying the summer outdoors, don't skimp on the sunscreen. WHAT IS SKIN CANCER This type of cancer devel- ops in one of the tissues in the skin. When caught early, most instances are considered minor problems and are easi- ly removed. However, if left unresolved, they can lead to a fatal disease. Regular annual checkups are encouraged by the American Geriatrics Society. They report that more than 2 million cases of skin cancer are discovered annually in the United Sates. There are three common types that experts look for during examinations. • Basal cell carcinoma: The most common type in the country, starts in the outer layer of the skin and slowly grows in its original location without spreading; • Squamous cell cancer: Developed from flat squa- mous surfaces on the skin, it is commonly caused by expo- sure from the sun. It's more likely to spread than basal cell but chances are still relatively low; and • Melanoma: This is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which often spreads to important parts of the body. It occurs by affecting specialized cells in the skin that produce melanin. If caught early, 97 percent of melanomas can be cured, but it becomes more difficult to treat in later stages. PROTECTING YOURSELF The most important thing to do to lessen the risk of skin cancer is to avoid staying out in the sun. When going out- doors, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when tem- peratures permit. During sunny days, make sure to lib- erally apply sunscreen with a UPF of 30 or higher on exposed skin. Don't forget to reapply sun- screen after every few hours if you will be outside for long durations. TREATMENTS If you find yourself diag- nosed with skin cancer, a spe- cialist may offer different treatment methods based on its severity. Sometimes surgical extraction can be performed to easily remove the growth. For early cases, an incision usually eradicates the disease. However, for more advanced stages, extensive surgery may be required to eliminate deep- er lesions. Serious cases which have spread may require chemo- therapy and radiation to shrink or eliminate the cancer. Skin Cancer Awareness The Skin Cancer Foundation reports the odds of developing skin cancer rise as you age. © ADOBE STOCK Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 SENIOR LIVING | DISEASE PREVENTION Let Us Help You Make Healthy Choices Check out our Bulk Herbs, Teas and Spices Hemp/CDB Oil and Local Honey Whole food vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies, allergy & pain relief products and more Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Homeopathic Consultations Yoga & Tai Chi Classes Health, Energy & Spiritual Classes 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI (401)305-3585 Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Serving the community for more than 13 years See our website for a list of classes and events www.its-my-health.com 1894 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 Phone: 401-353-9090 Toll-Free: 1-877-762-9191 Fax: 401-353-1919 www.alphasurgical.com Most insurance accepted Open to the Public "Free Delivery" Alpha Surgical, Inc. Home Medical Equipment & Supplies

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