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MELANOMA / SKIN CANCER DETECTION AND PREVENTION MONTH

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Skin Cancer Prevention Tips From The Skin Cancer Foundation- May , 2018

Skin cancer is a disease that affects people of every age, gender and ethnicity. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70; in fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.

But there is good news: Because skin cancer is chiefly a lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable.  About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Knowing the risk factors and practicing sun protection year-round are key to reducing your risk.

“It’s never too early or too late in life to start protecting your skin from sun damage,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “Parents and caregivers should teach children about sun protection at an early age and help them instill lifelong habits. And even after a lifetime of sun exposure, older people can stop further damage to their skin by making sun protection a priority.

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Here are The Skin Cancer Foundation’s tips for reducing your skin cancer risk:

Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest. An extra rule of thumb is the “shadow rule.” If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is stronger; if your shadow is longer, UV radiation is less intense.

Do not burn. A person’s risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubles if he or she had had five or more sunburns at any point in life.

Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer in humans. Indoor UV tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, than those who have never tanned indoors. Tanning bed users are also 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, two of the most common forms of skin cancer. The more time a person has spent tanning indoors, the higher the risk.

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with densely woven and bright- or dark-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. The more skin you cover, the better, so choose long sleeves and long pants whenever possible.

Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. One eight-ounce bottle of sunscreen should provide two full days of sun protection.

Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens may be used on babies over the age of six months, but they should also be protected by shade and clothing. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation – just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

Examine your skin head to toe every month. While self-exams shouldn’t replace the important annual skin exam performed by a physician, they offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover any new spot that doesn’t heal after several weeks, see a physician immediately.

Visit us at The Dermatology Center for your yearly skin checkup. Don’t let this simple visit interfere with your life!! Call us today at 540-370-9098 to schedule your body check.

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iS Clinical Cancer Care Program

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Now at glowMD laser MedSpa, we are participating in the The iS Cancer Care® program. This program features a very special selection of Innovative Skincare and IS CLINICAL products that specifically address your unique skincare concerns. Many of these formulas not only help create vibrant and healthy skin, they also address important issues such as acne, chafing, uneven complexion, burns, and scar tissue. Whether your skin has been compromised by radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or from medication, your skin can look and feel better.

When attitude is paramount, it is uplifting to know that the iS Cancer Care Program offers a vital sense of hope and relief for those challenged with the effects of cancer treatments. Quality of life issues, like skin care concerns, are valid and real. Every individual deserves to know that there are treatments available to help address their changing skin. Innovative Skincare offers a solution.

At glowMD Laser MedSpa, we now offer products and services from iS Clinical Skincare that are designed to experience a remarkable improvement in appearance, with younger, healthier, and more radiant looking skin. iS Clinical is a scientifically advanced skin care line that has been receiving great reviews from beauty editors, dermatologists and customers. iS Clinical formulas are comprised of only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, sourced from throughout the world – all of which have been clinically tested for both safety and superior capabilities.

INNOVATIVE SKINCARE is a caring team of individuals committed to providing highly effective, clinically validated skincare products that will deliver dramatic improvements in your skins health. Their family of world renowned botanical pharmacists, physicians, and skincare experts are passionately dedicated to encouraging your healing process both physically and emotionally.

IS CLINICAL by Innovative Skincare is our premium cosmeceutical skincare line helping people just like you who may be challenged with specific skin conditions to keep their skin vibrant and healthy. You can have confidence in knowing that many of our products are supported by independent clinical studies granted by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

You will find IS CLINICAL products in the most respected and prestigious medical institutions and physician offices around the world. We are delivering on our mission by helping thousands of people look and feel better. Let us help you!

Helping You

The iS CANCER CARE program features a very special selection of INNOVATIVE SKINCARE® and iS CLINICAL® products that specifically address the unique skincare concerns of cancer patients and treat issues such as acne, chafing, uneven complexion, burns, and scar tissue in an effort to create vibrant and healthy skin.

Finding Solutions

The family at Innovative Skincare presents a uniquely scientific approach to caring for your skin. They commit to the highest ethical standards that leads them to create skincare products that use only the purest, most powerful pharmaceutical grade raw materials which are sourced from throughout the world. Many of the formulations are botanically based, and every ingredient is clinically scrutinized and validated by science for its safety and efficacy.

The complexities of the formulation technology is born from the minds of some of the brightest stars in the scientific community. Our products are widely endorsed by leading dermatologists, physicians, oncologists, and medical institutions. Innovative Skincare unlocks the door to producing clinically effective products that will help regenerate, repair and heal your skin.

Pure Ingredients

All of the products contain extremely powerful botanical antioxidants (including L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol (Vitamin A), Green Tea Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, and Centella Asiatica) which protect us against free radical damage generated by the environment or even as a result of certain cancer treatment therapies. Our products combine ingredients that strengthen cellular health and integrity, such as Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), and increase micro-circulation, as in Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Green Tea Extract.

We utilize ingredients including L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Rosemary Extract proven to reduce the risk of physiological factors that may be associated with cancer development and we offer the safest, most advanced forms of UV protection (such as physical and micro-encapsulated organic sunscreens).

The iS Clinical Must Haves

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex

Rapidly Smoothes & Hydrates to Reduce Puffiness & Dark Circles

  • Rapidly reduces eye area wrinkles & crows feet
  • Reduces puffiness & dark circles
  • Improves skin hydration, firmness & elasticity
  • Provides powerful antioxidant protection
  • Strengthens & thickens the delicate skin around the eye
  • Offers immediate & long term

iS Clinical Poly- Vitamin Serum 

Intense Soothing – Rejuvenation

  • Gives the look of healthier, more vibrant skin
  • Improves the appearance of skins tone and elasticity
  • Helps revitalize the appearance of aging and compromised

iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum

  • Provides Intensive, penetrating hydration
  • Cools, Calms, and smooths dry irritated skin, Excellent for use after shaving – for men
  • Antioxidant protection

iS Super Serum Advance Antioxidant

  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps improve the look of hypertrophic scarring and fine stretch marks
  • Safely brightens and helps visible diminish uneven skin tone

iS Pro-Heal Serum

  • Provides extremely powerful antioxidant protection
  • Helps Calm inflammation
  • Helps improve the appearance of blemish-prone skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

iS Body Complex

  • Acts as a body treatment
  • Helps Calm inflammation
  • Helps improve the appearance of blemish-prone skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

iS Extreme Protect – Hydrating, Restorative, Ultimate Protection

  • Provides unprecedented multi-level broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Protects against environmental damage with Extremozyme technology
  • Reduces the appearance of erythema (sunburn)

Through proper skin care, we can help you look and feel better. It is important to select skin care and personal care products that do not contain synthetic fragrances, harsh ingredients and exfoliation properties, colors or other known reactive ingredients that may instigate reactions.

  • Sensitivity or allergic reactions to products (even past sensitivity/reactions)
  • Severe dryness and dehydration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Photosensitivity
  • Rashes
  • Aging
  • Acne/Folliculitis

Depending on your particular condition, you may not have a skin reaction until you are finished with treatment. Skin reactions come and go; they may seem to get better on their own, or they may come back again much later.

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iS Clinical Harmony For Challenged Skin

A soothing and revitalizing facial that gently nourishes and restores your skin’s tone, clarity, resilience and glow. Using essential vitamins, potent antioxidants and curative hydrators, this facial promotes optimum circulation, energy and overall skin health. This facial is designed to gently awaken the sense whilst encouraging a restorative balance of harmony to the skin. The Harmony facial captures the essence of refreshing and therapeutic bio nutrients and brings forth vibrant energy and circulation. Powerful antioxidants, essential vitamins and low molecular weight penetrating hydrators restore optimum tone, glow and resilience to compromised and fatigued skin.

For restorative balance and harmony, glowMD is now offering the Harmony Facial! Call us at 540-371-9098 to schedule your appointment today!