A local plastic surgeon is helping make a difference in the lives of cancer patients: Dr. Brock Ridenour and his plastic surgery and professional skin care center are offering complimentary removal of radiation marks.
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
We know that exposure to UV rays damages skin, but in our foolish youth, we may have worshipped the sun. Now we’re seeing the consequences: wrinkles, loss of elasticity and those nasty brown spots that are no longer considered cute little freckles.
As you relax by the pool, you don’t want to worry about the damage you may be causing your skin. Exposure to UV rays results in wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and, potentially, skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to understand your options for summer skin protection.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
Although our skin is still covered by sweaters and scarves, before long, we’ll be baring our faces, necks and arms to the sun. We all know that sunscreen is crucial to protecting ourselves from premature aging, pigmentation and—most important—skin cancer. Yet another aspect of prevention is early detection of potential problems, so now is the time to take a close look at your skin.
No matter how much we fight it, aging changes the skin. We no longer produce copious amounts of natural oils to keep things smooth; and decades of sun damage, from those tans that looked so good when we were in our 20s and 30s, takes its toll as brown spots and wrinkles become more prominent.
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
Washington University Surgical and Wound Care Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is helping patients heal chronic wounds. The advanced care clinic, located in the hospital’s Center for Outpatient Health, offers a range of treatment options. This summer, those offerings expanded to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Franklin Roosevelt once said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. After 30 years of practice, I can tell you that, in addition to fear itself, parents fear fever! What is fever, when is it a concern, when and how should it be treated, and why should we care about it?
Sun safety is important for everyone, especially during the summer months of intense sunlight and frequent sun exposure, but children’s skin is more sensitive than adults’, making careful protection of kids’ skin particularly necessary.
With its top-ranked hospitals and renowned medical schools, St. Louisans are fortunate enough to be surrounded by leaders in health care close to home, should the need arise. Since health can be viewed as a total self-wellness package, there are healing systems outside the standard hospital room. If you or a loved one are in the ring against the Big Bad C, keep swinging with comfort, thanks to these area programs aimed at those affected by cancer.
The sun worshippers are out in force. And every year, no matter how much public awareness is raised, some people still insist on intentionally increasing their cancer risk. Skin cancer is no joke: It can be fatal—and it is largely preventable.
Dr. Rajiv Patel is an enthusiast. Yet, though he enjoys a nice glass of red wine, Patel is careful to emphasize that any advice he has to offer is based solely on the data.
Perhaps Sitting Bull said it best: “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”
At the age of 26, Ellie Hock has done a lot of things—she’s earned a master’s in speech therapy, she’s done the show-dog circuit, and she’s started her own business: Urban Nectar was the result of a journey Hock took after the death of her mother in the fall of 2011 from brain cancer. We talked to her about how it all got started.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
In the world of professional gardening, winter brings on different tasks. Hopefully, most of these jobs will be indoors when the weather is at its worst, as snow-shoveling and ice-chipping rank near the very bottom of our favorite jobs list. About the only things lower on that list are cleaning up the bird messes under the seed feeders, mucking out the pond on a cold spring day or spreading ripe manure in the heat of the summer. Gardeners usually use the winter season to plan future plantings, research new materials, order specialty items and peruse plant catalogs.
It’s a new year; and if you’re wanting a new look, consider the new concept in facial rejuvenation: pan-facial volume augmentation.
Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital St. Louis
Clue to Alzheimer’s Found in Brain Samples
The cold winter winds are coming! And while we always pull out our coats and scarves to protect our bodies, sometimes we forget to protect our skin, as well. We caught up with Kate Somerville, skin care expert to the stars, to talk about caring for your skin during the holidays and beyond.