“Protect Your Skin” says acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak

By November 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Just because it’s starting to feel more and more like winter you still need to be aware of how much sun exposure you are getting. Why? Just because its not summer any longer doesn’t mean you are no longer getting the harmful effects of the sun and the number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer is on the rise. An article that appeared on CNN.com on July 30, 2014 entitled, Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Warning, highlights statements made by the acting United States Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak regarding skin cancer. According to the article, the skin cancer epidemic “is a major health problem that requires immediate attention. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year.”

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer Executive Summary includes 5 Goals, or Calls to Action, on how local, state and federal governments, as well as the private sector, can support skin cancer prevention.

The 5 goals are as follows:

1.     Increase Opportunities for Sun Protection in Outdoor Settings (including on the ski slopes)

2.     Provide Individuals with the Information They Need to Make Informed, Healthy Choices About UV Exposure

3.     Promote Policies that Advance the National Goal of Preventing Skin Cancer

4.     Reduce Harms from Indoor Tanning

5.     Strengthen Research, Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Related to Skin Cancer Prevention

Everyone is at Risk
It is a common myth that individuals with darker pigmented skin are protected from the risk of developing skin cancer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. According to Dr. Lushniak, “We know that the risk level for skin cancer decreases with more skin pigmentation, but no one is immune. All races are still diagnosed and still affected by UV rays.”

There are several types of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most dangerous. According to the National Cancer Institute, there will be an estimated 76,100 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2014 (which will be 4.6% of all new cancer cases in 2014), and there will be an estimated 9,710 deaths due to melanoma in 2014 (which will be 1.7% of all cancer deaths in 2014).

Many cases of melanoma are preventable. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing several new sunscreen ingredients for manufacture, but in the meantime, it is essential that all individuals utilize sunscreen on a daily basis with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Keep in mind that outdoor temperatures do not affect UV rays. In other words, if it’s cold outside, you are still at risk. Also, on cloudy days, you must still protect yourself.

Protect Yourself Today, Thank Yourself Tomorrow
Melanoma rates have increased more than 200% from 1973 to 2011. Tan skin is simply not worth the risk.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon

By October 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, make sure to do your homework before selecting a cosmetic surgeon. Not all cosmetic surgeons are created equal!

Before you move forward with your decision to undergo breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, liposuction, a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, or any other type of enhancement surgery, make sure to ask the following questions of prospective surgeons.

How to choose a cosmetic surgeon:

Do you specialize in the type of procedure that I am seeking? You want to make sure the cosmetic surgeon you select has extensive experience with the specific procedure you are considering. There are plenty of cosmetic surgeons, so you want to make sure you choose one that has the right type of expertise.

Where will the surgery take place? Not only do you want to make sure that your cosmetic surgery will take place at a convenient location, but you also want to make sure the facility is up to par and certified. Don’t put yourself at risk by agreeing to have cosmetic surgery performed in a facility that is not equipped to handle emergencies. Just The Right Curves world-class surgery center is fully certified.

Does the cosmetic surgery pose any significant risks? There are risks associated with all types of surgery. Many cosmetic surgery procedures are considered elective or optional. If you are seeking a type of cosmetic surgery that is associated with a high level of risk, make sure the cosmetic surgeon(s) that you are interviewing explains all of the risks to you in full detail. Dr. Moore and his staff make it a point to discuss all client questions and concerns during our detailed consultation.

How much is the procedure going to cost? A cosmetic surgeon or his/her office staff should be able to provide you with a good estimate for the cost of your procedure. Keep in mind that many health insurance carriers do not cover elective or cosmetic procedures so it’s important to verify this beforehand. Just The Right Curves offers a handful of financing options for your procedure payment. Click here to review the different financing options we offer.

Do you have before and after photos available? Most experienced and talented cosmetic surgeons are more than happy to share before and after photos of previous patients to prospective patients. If the cosmetic surgeon cannot or will not provide you with photos, you should probably be concerned. We offer customized before and after photos suited to your body type. Click here to see for yourself!

Can you provide me with references from previous patients? It’s very common for prospective cosmetic surgery patients to ask for references from previous patients. If a cosmetic surgeon has happy and satisfied patients, he or she should be happy to share their references with you. Our policy is “don’t just take our word for it”, click here to check out what our clients have to say.

5 Negative Effects the Sun Can Have on Your Health

By August 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

The Sun. These days, it seems like we can’t live with it and we can’t live without it! Obviously, life on earth would not exist without the sun. We need the sun to live. The sun also provides humans with many benefits – besides life itself. The sun provides our bodies with the ability to produce Vitamin D – which is necessary to stay healthy. Bright and sunny days also tend to put most people in a good mood. The ability to enjoy the outdoors on a warm day is great for your health!

The sun has many benefits. But the sun is also known to have damaging effects on the human body. Nonetheless, it’s not necessary to completely avoid being in the sun. However, it’s important to understand that the sun can have a negative impact on your health if you don’t take precautions.

Following are 5 negative effects the sun can have on your health:

  1. Sun Burn: Anyone who exposes their skin to direct sunlight runs the risk of a sunburn. Uncomfortable and potentially dangerous sunburns can be avoided with diligent use of sunscreen. In order to avoid sunburns, make sure to avoid overexposure to the sun, avoid being in direct sunlight during the sunniest hours of the day, and always re-apply sunscreen often.
  2. Skin Cancer: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight is one of the most important contributing factors to the development of skin cancer. Everyone is susceptible to developing skin cancer – no matter their skin tone. However, people with very light skin are at the highest risk. The chances of developing skin cancer are increased if you have a family history of skin cancer, if you live in a very sunny climate, and if you’ve had multiple severe sunburns during your lifetime.
  3. Speeds up the aging process: prolonged exposure to the sun is known to cause the skin to age faster. The result is an increase in wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
  4. Heatstroke: During the summer or when the temperatures are very high – and the sun is shining brightly – it’s not uncommon for some individuals to suffer from heatstroke or heat exhaustion. If you are in the direct sun and you develop a severe headache or feel like you might faint, it’s important to get to a cool area and drink lots of water.
  5. Eyes: The sun can damage your eyes as easily as it can damage your skin. It’s important that you protect your eyes by wearing protective eyewear (such as sunglasses with UV protection). Protective eyewear will reduce your risk of burning your cornea, developing cataracts, suffering from macular degeneration, and developing other serious eye conditions.

Remember, it’s entirely possible to greatly reduce the potential negative effects that the sun can have on your health by simply following preventative protocol. Everyone needs the sun to survive, and you don’t have to completely avoid your exposure to it – as long as you are smart about it.



How Hormones Affect Weight Gain

By June 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Many factors contribute to how much weight a person gains in a week, month, year, or over the course of their lifetime. Some of the most common contributing factors to weight gain include stress, eating habits, lifestyle, regular exercise regimen, and heredity. But besides these factors, one stands out as being highly influential – hormone levels. This article will help you understand how hormones affect weight gain and the options you have.

There’s no doubt about it: Hormones affect weight gain. A hormone called cortisol helps maintain a person’s blood pressure and energy level, and also affect’s a person’s metabolism. Many people know about cortisol because there have been television “infomercials” airing for many years that discuss cortisol – and how this hormone, combined with high levels of stress, can contribute to excessive weight gain.

However, cortisol is not the only hormone that can affect a person’s weight. Although men and women are obviously different, each have hormones that can affect their weight. Men and women have different body types, and each tends to store fat in different areas of the body. It’s typical for women to store more fat in their breasts, thighs and hips. And the mid-section of the body is normally where we see men store their fat.

The areas of the body in which women store fat has to with the hormones estrogen and progesterone. And the hormone testosterone is what causes men to store fat in their mid sections. Hormones tend to affect women more than men in terms of weight gain because they experience hormone fluctuations each month. Fluctuations can vary greatly among women because hormonal balance (which can vary from one person to another) plays a large role in weight loss and weight gain.

Any man or woman who is having trouble either gaining or losing weight should schedule an appointment to discuss the difficulty with his or her physician. Your physician will be able to explain to you in more detail exactly how hormones affect your ability to gain or lose weight. You may also be checked to determine whether your hormones are out of balance.

The Aging Process
It can become more and more difficult for aging men and women to lose weight due to age-related hormonal changes. While diet and exercise can help older individuals lose weight, there are specific foods that should be avoided. Lifestyle changes can help, as well as targeted exercise regimens.

As stated above, many factors contribute to a person’s ability (or inability) to gain and/or lose weight. Hormones play a large role in the process, and if hormones are not balanced, gaining and/or losing weight can be very difficult. If you are having difficulty with weight loss, and you want to do something about it, schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your situation.

Not all physicians are created equally.

Many doctors do not fully understand the benefits of Bio-Identical Hormones and still are suck in the old realm of thinking and prescribe synthetic hormones. Dr. Kirk Moore believes in the benefit of Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and takes an in-depth look at your hormone panel to come up with the very best treatment plan for you.