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While ultraviolet radiation exposure (UV) happens throughout the year, it is strongest in this region between the months of May and August. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization agree that the risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma, is related to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Melanoma is the most talked about skin cancer because it is the deadliest; however, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas should be taken seriously, too.
The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2016:Read More
As a physician, I share a very personal relationship with my patients. Knowing each patient well is important to providing the best care possible. One of the many benefits of a concierge medical practice is the time I can take to have good conversations with my patients whether we’re talking in person, on the phone or online. This helps me understand their medical history, lifestyle and healthcare goals or concerns. In-depth conversations with my patients improve the care I provide them.Read More
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. It's the second leading cause of death by cancer in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because cancer polyps and early stage colorectal cancer do not always cause symptoms, regular interval screening for men and women beginning at age 50 is necessary.
Colorectal cancer is often referred to as colon cancer.Read More
Six Benefits Regular Walking Can Add to Your Physical and Mental Health
As a primary care physician, I focus on preventive medicine, which means my goal is to keep patients healthy by curing what ails them before the condition escalates. There's no question that preventive care is important and effective.
I encourage my patients to play an active role in their preventive care program. Patients - with the ability to exercise regularly - can make a significant contribution to their health when they do.Read More
Some recent research suggests that the scales of fitness may not be as balanced as we once thought. This news comes during a time when more than 30 percent of Americans are concentrating on their New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Read More
Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when veins are not able to transport blood from the legs back to the heart. Since veins are supposed to carry blood back to the heart, it’s important for the blood to continue flowing forward. If the flow of blood is obstructed, blood clots or the backwards flow of blood can occur, causing venous insufficiency. This condition develops over time and in some people becomes chronic. If chronic, venous insufficiency weakens the vein walls and damages the heart valves, causing blood to build with no place to go to. Read More
Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications play a major role in modern medicine. In the past 30 days, nearly half of Americans have taken a prescription drug. In fact, 75 percent of visits to a physician’s office involve a drug therapy. However, it is important to remember that every drug – from a simple headache medicine to sophisticated cancer treatments – has side effects.Read More
When it comes to matters of the heart, it is easy to become confused. The same can be said when it comes to matters of heart disease. Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a wide range of conditions that affect the structure or function of the heart. Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, it is important to understand the language used to describe cardiovascular diseases.Read More
When you are not feeling well, the last thing you want to hear is the next available appointment is in two weeks. That’s why one of the primary benefits of joining a concierge medical practice is being able to schedule same/next day appointments.Read More
In the world of nutrition, there is one word that comes up in almost every conversation – calories. Calorie counts are a requirement for nutrition labelling and are now posted on the menus of many restaurants. But what exactly is a calorie? Here’s a quick science lesson!Read More