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Archive | March, 2016

Learn how to Reduce your Risk of Skin Cancer

As summer approaches, a topic that is on the lips of dermatologists everywhere is skin cancer. This type of cancer currently outnumbers all others, affecting one in five Americans and killing thousands every year – and that number reflects non-melanoma skin cancers only.

What is heartbreaking about the number of annual skin cancer deaths is that this disease is preventable. UV exposure is the identified cause in approximately 80 to 90 percent of diagnosed cases. Additionally, early intervention can make an enormous difference in the prognosis of most skin cancers.

Protecting Yourself

The staff at Riverside Medical Arts is committed to active participation with patients through which the number of skin cancer cases can be decreased. There are three distinct steps to skin cancer prevention. These are:

  1. summer skin carePractice sun-safety. This means wearing appropriate sunscreen and seeking shade during peak hours of sunlight. Indoor tanning should also be avoided.
  2. Learn the art of self-examination. The more familiar you are with your own skin, the more quickly you will be able to notice a suspicious growth. Any change that occurs in a growth or mole should be evaluated by your dermatologist.
  3. Have an annual skin cancer screening. Professional skin cancer screenings have led to a fifty-percent reduction in melanoma deaths, according to a study found in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

What are we Looking for?

During self-examinations and professional skin cancer screenings, the goal is to identify abnormalities in the skin. This may sound difficult, especially if you have quite a few moles, like most people. However, certain characteristics have been identified as suspicious. These include:

  • A marked change in color, size, or texture
  • Large diameter, ¼ inch across or more
  • Jagged or irregularly shaped edges
  • Any new mole or growth (which is not a new mole, but a sign of sun damage)
  • Itching, bleeding, oozing, crusting, or painful growths
  • Sores that will not heal

When in doubt about the appearance of a growth on your skin, your best plan of attack is not to “wait and see” but to see right now. Schedule a visit at Riverside Medical Arts for your annual skin cancer screening.

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Regain Vitality with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

We often think of hormones for the role they play in our sex life. However, hormones like testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, progesterone, and DHEA are crucial to general health and wellness. Every cell in the body has hormone receptors, which is why low levels of various hormones can have such an enormous impact on your daily life.

The decline of hormones occurs naturally with age. It can be expedited by obesity, stress, alcohol, and poor nutrition. An important aspect of age management today is identifying which hormones are low, and developing ways to optimize levels with lifestyle and, when necessary, hormone replacement therapy.

Healthy Lifestyle for Hormonal Balance

We appreciate our patients’ desire for natural solutions to their health concerns. Hormone regulation can be a complex matter, but one that tends to become more manageable with regular exercise, a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh vegetables, and avoidance of alcohol and tobacco. Stress management techniques are also beneficial for those with hormonal imbalance.

What Bioidentical Hormones can do

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy st george utah | Riverside medical artsBoth men and women experience significant drops in hormones as they age. Some of the symptoms of imbalance can affect each gender the same. For instance, low testosterone (yes, testosterone is important for women, too!) can increase the risk of depression, anxiety, and insomnia in men and women. Low-T also affects libido and mental clarity. Plant-based alternatives to the hormones your body should produce can help you reclaim vitality and greater happiness.

Direct benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement include:

• Fat loss and muscle mass. Both testosterone and estrogen affect how the body stores fat. With optimization, the body more readily lets go of fat. There is also an increase in muscle mass, which leads to greater fat burning power.
• Improved libido. Low testosterone can wipe out your desire for sex. Both men and women report heightened libido after their hormonal balance is regained.
• Hormonal balance promotes better moods and can decrease feelings of anxiety, irritability, and depression.
• Healthy sleep. Sleep is regulated in the hypothalamus, which can be disrupted when hormones are not balanced. Restoring optimal balance can have a positive effect on sleep patterns.
• Healthy bones. Bone tissue partially relies on hormonal balance to absorb calcium. Individuals with optimal hormonal balance are at a decreased risk for osteoporosis.

Riverside Medical Arts has experts in the area of bioidentical hormone therapy available to answer your questions. Call (435) 628-6466 to see how you can get back to your best self.

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