Rising Melanoma Rates in the U.S. – Causes and How to Avoid

Each year in America, nearly five million men and women are treated with skin cancer, including melanoma – the deadliest type of skin cancer. According to the US National Cancer Institute, the number of American adults diagnosed with melanoma has been growing at a remarkable rate; so much so that the rate of new melanoma cases has tripled from 7.89 per 100,000 population in the 1970s to 22.7 in 2010.

Just as shocking is the fact that melanoma death rate for the highest risk group, which is white American males, has increased rapidly from 2.6 deaths per 100,000 men in 1975 to 4.6 in 2011.

The CDC has also reported that the rates of new melanoma cases among both men and women have been rising by 1.4 to 1.6 percent per year. Teenagers have also not been spared, with melanoma incidence increasing by 2 percent every year between 1973 and 2009.

What To Avoid / Causes of Melanoma

While the exact causes of this deadly cancer are not known, scientists have established various risk factors for melanoma, including tanning, family history, severe sunburns, UV radiation, number of moles on the person’s skin, freckles, and fair skin.

To reduce the incidence of melanoma, people can manage three of these risk factors: severe sunburns, exposure to UV radiation, and indoor tanning.

1. Limiting exposure to direct sunlight

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a human carcinogen. According to the CDC, 61 percent of American adults know that excessive exposure to direct sunlight can cause cancer, and even take measures to protect themselves. In fact, public health surveys suggest that the number of Americans claiming to protect themselves from the sun increased considerably between 2005 and 2010.

Within this period, there has also been significant growth of sunscreen product sales, implying that they could be one of the primary ways for people to protect themselves from direct sunlight. Unfortunately, bogus label claims of being “broad-spectrum”, combined with the fact that some only protect from UVB rays (not also UVA rays) could be leaving Americans unprotected in direct sunlight.

2. Avoid sunburns

One study shows that while a good number of American adults employ certain sun protective behaviors, such as using sunscreen, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and staying in the shade, there has not been a corresponding reduction in sunburns among individuals in that age group.

3. Avoid tanning beds

Tanning beds emit both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate to the dermal-epidermal where melanomas begin, while UVB increase the risk of getting skin cancers, including melanomas.

The increased risk of melanoma linked to the use of tanning beds is 59 percent for people who were first exposed to the artificial UV rays before the age of 35 years, and increases with the number of tanning bed sessions each year.

Generally, all tan – from direct or artificial UV rays, can cause melanoma. So, if you really want to look tan, perhaps consider using a self-tanning product, but also use sunscreen with SPF 30, since most self-tanners typically don’t offer any sun protection.

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Beating the Holiday Weight Gain | Dr. Golshani’s Advice

Just when you start seeing results for your weight control results, boom! – It’s another holiday with plenty of feasting. From holiday gatherings to banquets and office parties, and all the festive cooking in between, for most, it is nearly impossible to not register a 5-pound weight gain.

Now that the 4th of July is over, that is one more holiday behind you. Summer is officially here, and there is no better time to restart. No matter how hard you think you exercise, or how much you watch your portions, there is always room to improve. A few adjustments and extra activities will help you beat the holiday weight gain. Here are some of Dr. Golshani’s personal suggestions:

1. Make every moment count

Instead of remaining seated at a party all night as you overindulge in food and drinks, consider getting up and moving by dancing the night away. Being active will not only break the ice at the party, but also burn some calories.

Also, consider engaging in some general cleaning after the holidays. Sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and other house chores will help you burn the calories you took in and you’ll feel good about yourself.

2. Counterbalance

You should know your pre-holiday and post-holiday tendencies. For instance, if you eat a fairly heavy diet and exercise 3x a week, consider that the threshold for the holiday season as well. This basically means that you can enjoy yourself as much as you’d like, but you must counterbalance the extra caloric intake with an extra workout for the week.

For example, if you attend two dinner parties the same week, you should add the equivalent of two workouts to your weekly workout routine.

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3. Slow down the way you eat

Aim to chew your food a little more before swallowing. This way, you can take in the tastes, textures, and scents in the food, making your experience more satisfying.

At the same time, you will have the time to contemplate what you are eating, including the amount of carbohydrates and calories in your food, which will keep you from overindulging.

4. Choose protein

Fill your plate with more protein than carbohydrates and fats. Proteins are associated with greater satiety (feeling full faster), which can help to maintain a healthy weight. Make sure you are selecting lean protein sources such as poultry, fish (i.e. salmon and cod), beans, and nuts.

Besides watching what you eat, you should also watch your liquid calorie intake. Far often people subconsciously cast liquids as non-caloric. One beer can have as much as 100 calories or more. Too much caffeine or alcohol can not only increase your calorie intake, but also dramatically interfere with your sleep patterns.

5. Find an accountability buddy

If chances are that you won’t be able to control yourself, it is better to get someone to look over your shoulder and help you stay on track. A family member or friend with similar health and fitness goals, and is committed to staying healthy during the holidays, can be a great accountability buddy. In fact, you should support and encourage each other throughout the holiday season.

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Did You Know BOTOX® is Also Used for Migraine Treatment?

Migraine headaches are characterized by painful, debilitating sensations in the brain, and patients are willing to try just about anything to find relief. Individuals with chronic migraines have to endure these severe headaches – that last between 4 and 72 hours – for 15 or more days every month. Their quality of life is adversely affected, with patients experiencing nausea accompanied with photo and phonophobia.

Various preventative therapies have been used to treat migraines, but one of them has gained momentum, namely botulinum toxin type A – also known as BOTOX®.

Isn’t Botox for Wrinkles?

Botox first came to the limelight in the 1990s and early 2000s as a wrinkle reducer. A few years later, researchers realized that Botox could be used to treat other conditions, and in 2010, the FDA approved it as a preventive treatment for chronic migraines.

Botox for Migraines – FDA Approved

Botox is administered through injection. The drug itself is made from Clostridium botulinum, a toxic bacterium that is also known to cause a deadly food poisoning called botulism.

Read more on the FDA’s warning on black market Botox injections.

When used for the treatment of migraines, Botox is administered once every three months, for a period of 15 months. The doctor injects multiple doses of the drug in specific points along the bridge of your nose, forehead, temples, neck, back of the head, and upper back. The treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms of migraine headaches, which include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to smells, sounds, and lights.

Relief does not happen instantly. In fact, the American Headache Society claims that improvement can take between 10 and 14 days, while some may not experience any relief after their first set of injections: in which case, it is recommended that additional treatments be sought.

Should You Choose Botox Treatment?

Botox is recommended for individuals who do not tolerate migraine medication. It is to be used as an alternative solution.

Dr. Golshani may not recommend it until other treatment options have failed to adequately address your chronic migraines. Botox treatment for chronic migraines is safe, considering that there no serious complications or side effects. The most common effects of the injections include neck pain, temporary muscle weakness in the upper shoulders and neck, and stiffness at the injection site, which often resolves in only a few days.

It is an affordable option since most insurance providers cover the expense of Botox injections used for the treatment of chronic migraines, as opposed to cosmetic purposes (i.e. wrinkles).

In some cases, insurance companies require you to undergo other tests or procedures before they authorize Botox treatment.

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