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Posts Tagged ‘skin cancer’

How to Never Get Sunburn Again

July 26, 2013

It’s the heart of summer, which also means it’s the time of year when the sun’s rays are the most intense. According to the UV Index developed by the National Weather Service, July is the month with the highest monthly average UV radiation intensity across the United States. Now more than ever, your skin is at risk for dangerous sunburn. (Note: after five or more sunburns, a person’s risk of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – doubles).

If you want to make sure your risk of melanoma doesn’t increase and you never have to deal with red, painful, peeling, or even blistering skin ever again, follow the below tips:

1. Avoid the strongest rays.

The strength of the sun’s rays reaches its daily peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you can, stay out of the sun between these times. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you lather up with plenty of sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses or stay under an umbrella.

2. Don’t settle for the minimum.

Just because you’re wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re protected. To ensure your skin is safe, make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 or higher. Also, be sure to choose a water resistant sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum coverage. This means it will shield against both UVA and UVB rays. Lastly, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen to your full body and a tablespoon to your face.

3. Don’t wait to apply sunscreen.

To fully protect your skin and get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it before you go out in the sun. Prevention Magazine says that it takes about 15 minutes for your skin to fully absorb the sunscreen.

4. Reapply often.

Think you can apply sunscreen once and be covered for the rest of the day? Not necessarily. The minute your skin is exposed to the sun, the UVA-blocking ingredients in the sunscreen start to break down. It’s recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours you while in the sun.

5. Eat more tomatoes.

Tomatoes are packed full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin against sun damage. Put more tomatoes into your diet to give your skin that extra protection it deserves.

6. Stay hydrated.

The sun’s strong rays can not only make you sweat, they can dry up your skin. Drink lots of water or other fluids to keep your body hydrated. Even better – try fruits loaded with water, like watermelon. This juicy fruit contains 9 ounces of water in one large wedge!

You have the power to protect your skin from going through yet another painful sunburn this summer. Those of us at Life Line Screening urge you to take action this year so your risk of melanoma (and other skin cancers) doesn’t increase.

Friday Roundup: Skin Cancer Risks, Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s Risk, and More

May 31, 2013

Those of us at Life Line Screening believe that the power of prevention can change lives for the better. By staying up-to-date on latest health headlines featuring surprising skin cancer risks, high blood sugar and Alzheimer’s risk, and cardiovascular aging.


Surprising Skin Cancer Risks

Those of us at Life Line Screening emphasized May as Stroke Awareness Month, but it was also Melanoma Awareness Month. Summer is fast approaching, which means we’re all spending more time outside under the sun’s warm rays.

Not covering up your skin in the sun and using tanning beds are two common skin cancer risks. But did you know your office lights may also raise your risk of skin cancer? According to, radiation can be emitted from compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), leading to an increased production of cancer-causing free radicals in healthy cells. It’s important to not sit closer than one foot away from these kinds of light bulbs.

Two other surprising skin cancer risks are climate change and your sunscreen. Learn why by reading the full article now.


High Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s Risk

New results from researchers at the University of Arizona suggest that elevated blood sugar levels may increase a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted among 124 people ages 47 to 68 who were diabetes-free and had normal brain function, but also had a family history of Alzheimer’s.

Research has previously shown that people with Alzheimer’s show lower brain metabolism in certain brain regions. The study results showed a pattern similar to this in the same brain regions among the participants with higher blood sugar levels.

Read more about the study here.


Can Cardiovascular Aging Be Reversed?

You may feel young at heart, but every day your heart gets older. As adults age, the heart can grow larger and its walls can thicken, sometimes leading to diastolic heart failure. New research has shown, however, that a certain protein reversed aging in the heart among mice.

“We’ve developed this potentially broadly-acting rejuvenative protein” said study author Amy Wagers, a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, in a Fox News article. “[W]e are excited to understand its potential in humans.”

Read the full details of the heart health study now.


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Lifting Weights Lowers Diabetes Risk, How to Do a Skin Exam, 6 Surprising Obesity Stats

August 17, 2012

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Pump Iron to Lower Diabetes Risk

Some people might not particularly enjoy exercising, but research shows the benefits of physical activity are abundant. Now, weight training has been linked to lower diabetes risk in men.

Multiple news outlets (ABC News, Fox News, Reuters) are discussing the latest diabetes study linking weight training exercise to lower diabetes risk for men. Data was collected from 32,000 male health professionals who answered surveys every two years from 1990 to 2008.

Results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that four out of 1,000 men developed type 2 diabetes every year. For men who did weight training for 150 minutes or more per week, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was one-third lower than men who never lifted weights.

“I think the benefits of weight training are real,” said Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of the study. “Any type of exercise is beneficial for diabetes prevention but weight training can be incorporated with aerobic exercise to get the best results.”

Weight training can also be beneficial to ward off other diseases, like osteoporosis, stroke and heart attack. Learn more about how you can gain priceless peace of mind by scheduling a preventive health screening with Life Line Screening today.

To read the full article about how weight training can lower diabetes risk, view this link:


Skin Health: How to Do a Self-Exam

With summer in its final stretch, your skin has probably been through a lot. Now is the perfect time to check yourself for unusual moles, sores, lumps or patches that could be cancerous.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for performing a self-exam of the entire surface of your skin.

1. Check your skin from head to toe

Face, neck, ears and scalp. Comb through your hair and part it randomly to check for discolorations or abnormal bumps on the scalp. To see the back of your head, hold a hand-held mirror in front of your face with your back to a wall-mounted mirror. Use your free hand to comb through your hair as you look in the hand-mirror.

Front, back, right and left sides. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and carefully check your front side. To check your back, use the hand-held mirror as described above. Lift your arms and check both your right and left sides (don’t forget your armpits). It’s a good idea to feel for any unusual lumps under the skin as well.

Arms, legs, feet, buttocks and genital area. Bend your elbows and check on the underside of your arms. Use a mirror to check your legs, buttocks and genital area closely. Don’t forget to check between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Never overlook an area because you think it’s too out of reach. It’s better to be as thorough as possible.

2. Study your skin

As you look, keep in mind where you have moles and what they look like so the next time you do this self-exam, you’ll know what’s different and what’s the same.

What to look for:

  • A new mole (if it looks different from other moles)
  • A change in a mole (size, shape, color or feel)
  • A red or dark flaky patch that seems a little raised
  • A new firm, flesh-colored bump
  • A sore that isn’t going away

Skin cancer is best treated when found early. That’s why these self-exams are so important. Stay proactive in your health and catch deadly conditions before they become just that—deadly.


6 Surprising Obesity Statistics

You’ve heard it from us time and time again: maintaining a healthy lifestyle can dramatically lower your risk of countless diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and more. Obesity is one condition that can drastically increase your chances of developing any of these diseases.

We’ve rounded up 6 statistics related to obesity in the United States that can (hopefully) provide some motivation to stay fit and keep your body strong and healthy.

  1. 112,000 deaths occur from obesity every year in the U.S.
  2. Compared to people of a healthy weight, risk of premature death increases by 50-100% in people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.
  3. Medical costs for those who are obese are $1,429 (yearly) higher than those of normal weight.
  4. 70% of diagnosed heart disease cases are linked directly to obesity (according to the American Heart Association).
  5. In every U.S. state, 1 in 5 people are obese.
  6. 75 million Americans are obese.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke or other ailments, learn more about the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening and get the valuable peace of mind you deserve.

To read more obesity statistics, view these links: or

5 Sunscreen Truths Uncovered, Anxiety and Stroke Risk, Sit Less to Live Longer

August 10, 2012

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The Burning Truth: 5 Sunscreen Myths Busted

Summer’s not over yet and the sun’s rays are still at their highest intensity of the year. Have you been protecting yourself with sunscreen lately? Even if you answered yes, that doesn’t mean you’re covered. Below, we debunk some of the most common sunscreen myths so you can get through the rest of summer with healthy, happy skin.

1. All sunscreens protect against skin cancer. 

Even though all sunscreens are made to prevent sunburn, not all of them prevent skin cancer. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF of 30 or higher are the ones you should look for, because they shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, instead of just one.

2. Sunscreen never expires

The FDA mandates the strength of every sunscreen last at least three years. After that, it might not work as well. Check the expiration date on the bottle to see when it might weaken.

3. Sunscreen causes health problems

Actually, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation say that sunscreen is 100 percent safe and effective. So don’t believe any of the rumors out there about harmful effects of sunscreen.

4. One sunburn can’t hurt you long-term

One bad, blistering sunburn as a child or teenager more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Regardless of your age, if you’ve had five or more sunburns, your risk more than doubles as well.

5. If you always wear sunscreen, you won’t get enough vitamin D

Sunscreen may limit your intake of vitamin D, but it won’t deprive you. The sun isn’t your only source of vitamin D. You can get it from your diet by consuming things like eggs, salmon and orange juice.

Overall, sunscreen should be worn often to guard your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, even when it’s cloudy. Preventive action is the best way to protect yourself from a serious or even fatal condition.


Can Anxiety Raise Your Stroke Risk?

Feeling sad or anxious? If so, your heart attack and stroke risk can increase by a startling 20 percent.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal online found that for the one in four people who suffer from depression or anxiety, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke goes up.

A team of researchers from University College London and the University of Edinburgh reviewed data from over 68,000 adults ages 35 and older who took part in the Health Survey for England between 1994 and 2004. Those results were then compared against the causes of death listed on death certificates of any surveyors who passed away.

The comparison showed a correlation between depression or anxiety and stroke or heart attack. Results showed that the higher the amount of distress, the higher the risk.

“These associations also remained after taking into account other factors such as weight, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and diabetes,” said Dr. David Batty, the senior author, in a Mirror News article. “Therefore the increased mortality is not simply the result of people with higher levels of psychological distress smoking or drinking more, or taking less exercise.”

If you or someone you know deals with depression or anxiety on a daily basis, consider scheduling a health screening for stroke or heart disease from Life Line Screening. Learn about your health status before a potential problem occurs, and in doing so, gain valuable peace of mind.

To read the full news article on this study, view this link:


Get Up and Live Longer

Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? Many people are stuck sitting at desks all day for work but studies are finding this can have serious consequences on your health.

A study published in the journal BMJ Open discovered that Americans spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours a day sitting. It also found that if people simply reduced the amount of time they spend sitting, they can live two years longer.

The data came from surveys of 167,000 adults and, along with previous studies, further proved the link between sedentary behavior and increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which all can cause death.

“Even among people who are active, if you sit a lot, you still have that risk,” said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, a professor of population science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in a Fox News article.

So what can you do? If it’s the workplace that keeps you sitting too much, try periodically getting up to walk around. Visit a coworker’s desk to ask them a question instead of emailing them, or even make it a habit to take brisk walks during your breaks. The benefit of a longer, healthier life will surely be worth it.

If you sit for an extended period of time every day, you may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes. For those at risk or wanting to gain peace of mind, a preventive health screening is a valuable and priceless option.  Schedule a health screening with Life Line Screening today.

To read the full article on the health risks of long periods of sitting, visit this link:

Tips to Treat Sunburn, Undiagnosed Heart Problems in Elders, Health Risks of Odd-Hour Jobs

August 3, 2012

Friday Roundup:

Fried Skin? Soothe it Now

It’s August, which means we’re more than halfway through the hottest time of year. That also means you’ve probably been exposed to intense UV rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that 42 percent of people get a sunburn at least once a year.*

Hopefully you’ve been protecting yourself with sunscreen, but if you accidentally “forgot” and are now face-to-face with angry, red skin, these unique tips may help.

Tip #1: Drink Water

When you get sunburned, your skin dries up and your body loses fluids. Drink lots of water to replenish the lost fluids and help the burn heal faster.

Tip #2: Moisturize…with Potatoes

You read that right—potatoes are known pain-relievers. Grind some up in a blender until it’s smooth, pat it onto your burned skin, let dry, then wash it off in the shower. Want something less messy? A cold, soothing gel like aloe vera will stop the stinging of your fried skin. Rub on a decent amount until it soaks into the skin. Repeat this multiple times a day.

Tip #3: Bathe in Baking Soda

Fill your bathtub with cool water and soak for a while. The water will soothe your skin and temporarily relieve some of the pain. Bonus: add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the water to soothe skin even more, but only soak for 15-20 minutes. Let your skin air-dry instead of towel-drying.

Tip #4: Relieve the Pain

You can get more temporary pain relief by taking one or two over the counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These will also get rid of any headaches or chills associated with your sunburn and decrease inflammation.

Tip #5: Don’t Pop Blisters

If your sunburn forms blisters, don’t pop them. Doing so can increase risk of infection and slow down the healing process. Let your skin take its natural course by covering the blisters with gauze and leaving them alone.

The best thing to learn from sunburn is to not let it happen again. Wear sunscreen to protect yourself whenever you might be under the sun’s rays. After five or more sunburns, your risk of melanoma—the most deadly form of skin cancer—doubles.*

Do you know another great way to treat sunburn? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below.

For more information on properly treating sunburn, read the full article by the Skin Cancer Foundation:

* Skin Cancer Foundation: Facts about Sunburn and Skin Cancer.


Study: Undiagnosed Heart Problems Common in Elders

According to a recent ABC News article, a study shows that undiagnosed heart conditions in older people are more common than you think.

The study tested the heart function of about 375 people between the ages of 87 to 89. Results showed that one-third of the participants had a heart with reduced ability to pump blood and another twenty percent had a condition called diastolic dysfunction, which is when the heart muscles can’t relax enough to fill the heart’s chambers with blood. For 26 percent of the participants with heart conditions, the problems had never been diagnosed by a physician.

The article says the reason for the participants never being diagnosed is unclear, but doctors think it could be because they simply didn’t realize there was a problem. They also may have thought that any symptoms, like shortness of breath or fatigue, were just a common part of old age.

“We should keep our antenna up at all times for treatable diseases that may reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life,” said Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and past president of the American Heart Association.

Life Line Screening urges all individuals who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease to undergo screening to become aware of the state of their health so that treatment may be sought sooner. If you or someone you know has heart-related risk factors, schedule a preventive health screening today.

To read the full ABC News article on heart disease in older people, view this link:


Health Risks of Odd-Hour Jobs

It’s old news that working late shifts or untraditional hours can be hard on your body. New research shows it may increase risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels which can lead to diabetes, heart attack or stroke.

A review of 34 past studies of more than two million people showed that people who work night shifts, rotating shifts, split shifts or any non-daytime schedule have higher risk of developing these conditions. Night shift workers have the highest risk, especially in the first 10 to 15 years on the job.

Specific results show that when compared to people who worked during the day, shift workers were:

  • 23% more likely to have a heart attack
  • 5% more likely to have a stroke
  • More likely to die from one of these conditions

Tips shift workers can use to better their health and stay healthy longer include things like getting enough sleep, eating healthier foods like fruits and vegetables, taking enough breaks to relax, not smoking and exercising regularly.

If your risk of heart attack or stroke is increased because you work odd hours, consider scheduling a health screening with Life Line Screening. You can gain knowledge about your health and be better prepared to treat a potential problem before it becomes a serious or even fatal condition.

To read the full details of this study on shift worker health risks, view this link:


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