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Our July 2012 newsletter (there’s something special for summer inside!)

skin cancer prevention

Cornerstone has exclusive technology for catching skin cancer

 

Learn more about Cornerstone’s exclusive technology, a special summertime offer, Jessica’s recent nerve-wracking leap, Dr. Dowd’s family vacation and some ideas for sweet treats.  It’s all in this month’s edition of In Your Corner: July 2012!

Want an easy way to get more attractive skin?

Veggies

Earlier this month researchers from Scotland published the results of a study that demonstrated a simple way to make your skin healthier and more attractive appearing in just 6 weeks.  They found that when study participants ate about 3 servings more of fruits and vegetables a day, their skin coloration became healthier-appearing and measurably more attractive!  Looks like fruits and veggies are good for you–inside and out!

So…what are you having for dinner tonight?!   

Want to read more?  Click here.

Are you addicted to…Light?

Sunn

Last year an Addiction Biology study looked at addiction and indoor UV tanning.   With the cold, dark days of winter upon us, and many people taking up tanning to keep a “healthy glow”, we thought taking a look at this study might shed some light on the subject.  The study found that people were able to tell if they received true UV light during their session or if it was false light.  If it was false, they exhibited the same desire to tan after their session as they did before they went under the light.  Furthermore the parts of the brain linked to addition lit up more when the tanners were exposed to the true UV lights.  The study was a pilot study, but it’s findings are nonetheless intriguing.

So if you’re thinking about tanning at a salon, please think twice and use caution–it seems that it can create a true “UV addiction.”  This, paired with UV radiation’s propensity to damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer, can be a dangerous combination.  If you find yourself craving some light during the winter months, take the opportunity to engage in fall/winter activities like walking in the park, skating, football, etc.

More details can be found in the Abstract.

How Good is Your Sunscreen?

 

 

The hotter the summers get, the more people use sunscreen – and what a good habit that is!  But did you know that simply wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re protected from skin cancer or advanced skin aging?  Unless you are using broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 15 or more, you may be blocking UVB rays, but UVA rays still have a direct path to your skin.  The FDA recently announced that by next summer, all sunscreens will have to state whether or not they are broad spectrum, and all “waterproof” sunscreens will be changed to “water-resistant” since nothing is actually waterproof.  These new guidelines will help make sure people are getting adequate protection as the temperatures continue to climb.  For more details, check out the Washington Post article. 

Skin Cancer Incidence Continues to Rise

Skin cancer is more than 15x more common than the next most common types of cancer, and the incidence is rising.  According to numbers presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, there were about 3.7 million skin cancers in 2009.  Unfortunately these numbers have been increasing each year.  Find out more here.  The incidence of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, appears to be underestimated based on a recent study: melanoma study.

At Cornerstone we believe skin cancer screening is very important.  We are the only primary care practice in Hampton Roads that offers digital mole mapping technology.  Want to learn more?  Contact us–we’d be happy to talk with you!