Moles, or nevi, are clusters of melanocytes, a type of skin cell containing the pigment that gives our skin color. Having moles on your body — even those found to be normal — can more than quadruple your risk of developing melanoma, according to a recent study presented at the 2014 World Congress on Cancers of the Skin. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Beat the Holiday Heat
For many, the upcoming holiday season is filled with friends, family and festivities. Most of us can associate with family traditions and fond memories of years gone by. But even the most seasoned party-goer can get weary of all the celebrations this time of the year. Read on to keep your health and mental well being on track this season.
Understanding New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines
Are you a smoker or former smoker and worried about your risk of lung cancer?
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S., and cigarette smoking is the single biggest risk factor.
If you or someone you love has a significant smoking history — you need to know about new lung cancer screening recommendations.
When the holidays roll around, the term “survival” tends to be used for people trying to actively lose weight. However, holidays are a time to celebrate, and, let’s be honest, viewing celebrations as an obstacle course is a bit of a downer. Food is meant to be enjoyed and it is possible to enjoy your holiday favorites without ruining your weight-loss efforts.
We all want to be at our best … whether that is looking our best or performing our best. Clearly, that is human nature. More often than not, our self-image is tied to our appearance and especially tied to weight. But what happens when that image becomes distorted? When does losing weight become an unrelenting desire to attain thinness? The cross over to an eating disorder occurs when thoughts of dieting, appearance and exercise take over ones’ daily life leaving little left over.
As the weather turns colder, it’s that time of year to start thinking about influenza (flu) prevention. While people often associate everything from gastrointestinal illness to routine colds with influenza, it’s important to understand what it is and what it isn’t in order to protect yourself and your family.
Shortness of breath – the feeling of being unable to get enough air, or that it takes more effort than usual to breathe – can be a symptom of many different conditions. While most of us think it’s a lung problem if we feel short of breath, it’s often related to a heart condition. Plus, there are many other possible causes.
Although spring may seem a world away, it’s really not too early to begin thinking about getting your legs in shape if you have varicose veins or spider veins. Fall and winter are actually the best times to schedule a procedure because you cannot expose your legs to sun for six to eight weeks following treatment.