Could your bad habits be putting your life in danger? Two guests living in denial get the ultimate wake-up call in the latest installment of The Doctors’ Health Scare Experiment series.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Eating, applying makeup, talking, texting – does this sound like you behind the wheel?
“When you’re driving distracted, you’re not only going to hurt yourself, it’s really about the people around you,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Melody says she’s terrified by her husband, Justin’s, driving habits.
“His driving scares me,” she says. “He’s always texting; he’s on his phone and never wears his seatbelt. My worst fear is that he'll get in a car accident and it will injure him.”
“I don’t really see any need for concern on Melody’s part,” Justin defends. “I think I’m a really good driver.”
The Doctors enlists the help of the California Highway Patrol and an emergency team from American Medical Response to give Justin the ultimate wake-up call.
CVS/pharmacy: The Importance of Sun Protection
In a prior Health Scare Experiment, 18-year-old Tori visited the tanning salon at least once per day, despite knowing her risks for skin cancer. Now, The Doctors are happy to report that Tori uses spray to obtain the glow she desires instead of the harmful rays of tanning beds.
However, the sun can be as harmful to your skin as tanning beds and CVS MinuteClinic family nurse practitioner Meredith Dixon shares tips for proper sun protection.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States,” Meredith says. “So it’s very important to think about sun protection.”
“Exposure to the sun or tanning beds causes your skin to age prematurely,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. “Wear sunglasses with 100% UV ray protection and try to wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat, especially when going to the beach.
“Some facial treatments and cosmetics are made with alphahydroxy acids, which increase skin’s sensitivity to sun,” Dr. Ordon adds. ”Be sure to read the labels on the products before you use them.”
Sun Protection Tips:
• The sun is strongest between 10 AM and 2 PM, so try to limit your time outdoors during those hours. If you must be outside during that time, be sure to use proper protection.
• Wear protective clothing such as sunglasses with 100% UV ray protection, wide-brimmed hats and clothes containing SPF.
• When at the beach, bring an umbrella for shade.
• Always wear sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher and be sure to apply 30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun. Remember to reapply every one-and-a-half to two hours.
This year, a new labeling system is being enforced on sun protection products. Any product labeled “broad spectrum” must have an SPF higher than 50 to properly protect against UVB rays. Products that do not provide broad spectrum with an SPF lower than 50 will have a warning label.
“Take note that sunscreens eventually always wash or wear off,” Dr. Ordon says. “Protection is not an all day guarantee.”
A Life-Saving Procedure
Terri is concerned about her husband, David, who refuses to get a colonoscopy even though colon cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, runs in his family.
“Nothing good ever comes from going to the doctor,” David says. “Except for bad news.”
I’ve lost many people in my life to colon cancer,” David continues. “My grandma, my mom, my aunt, my uncle.”
More than 50,000 people die every year of colon cancer often because it’s diagnosed too late. The Doctors and oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro bring David face to face with the consequences of neglecting routine colonoscopies.