Waiting Room Tips
At the doctor's office, sometimes the waiting is the hardest part. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork shares tips to to make your next trip to the doctor easy and less time consuming, and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson uncovers the number one source of germs in a waiting room!
How do you pass time in the waiting room? Tell us here!
One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, however the numbers are higher if women have a history of the disease in their family.
Patty, 31, is worried about getting the disease because both her mother and grandmother were diagnosed in their 50s, and her grandmother passed away shortly after the diagnosis. Patty visits breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk to undergo her first mammogram.
"I have no words for how I would feel if they did find something in my breast," Patty says. "I'm very, very scared to see these results."
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., but if caught early, chances of a full recovery are very high.
Nicole, 30, was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, on her scalp.
"I'm really nervous and scared. I just really didn't think that this would happen to me," she says. "You think it's going to happen to people who are older. I know it was from over-exposure to the sun. I was a lifeguard for three years in a row. I was always outdoors exercising without a hat, with my hair pulled back. I put sunscreen on my face and body, but I didn't put it on my scalp or my head."
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joel L. Cohen performs Mohs surgery, a procedure to excise the carcinoma from Nicole's scalp. The procedure has a 99 percent cure rate for basal cell carcinoma, with only a 1 percent recurrence rate.
"I'm so relieved," Nicole says. "I'm just thankful that it's gone, and I caught it early."
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips
• Wear a hat when in the sun
• Wear sunglasses when in the sun
• Wear protective clothing when possible
• Always wear sunscreen, regardless of the season
• Be sure to wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen on the body and SPF 30 on the face
• Perform a monthly skin self-exam
• Visit the dermatologist once a year for a clinical exam
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It begins as a tumor in the melanocyte cells, which produce melanin, a pigment found in skin, hair and eyes.
Most moles, freckles and beauty spots on your skin are normal and harmless. However, over time they can change and become malignant, or cancerous, so it is important to stay vigilant about your skin’s health.
The ABCDE Warning Signs of Melanoma
See your doctor if you notice any of the following:
• Asymmetry — If you draw a line down your mole, and one side is larger than the other. A mole should be symmetrical.
• Border — If the borders are uneven, scalloped or notched. A mole should be nice, even and smooth.
• Color — If your mole is variegated, or if there are various shades of brown, tan, black or red in the mole. A mole should be one color.
• Diameter — Technically, moles can be all sizes, but if your mole is bigger than an eraser point on a pencil.
• Evolving — If your mole starts to change size, color or elevation.
• Find out where you can get a free skin care screening in your community.
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Dr. Jennifer Arnold, neonatologist and star of the hit TV show The Little Couple, answers commonly asked questions about babies born prematurely.
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