Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US today and one of the major causes of skin cancer is sun exposure.
It may seem trivial, but the facts are disturbing. In the US, two people die of skin cancer every hour and experiencing more than 5 more sunburns could double your risk for melanoma.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when cells that give the skin its color start to grow out of control. Melanoma is very dangerous, but early detection could save your life.
Why is sun safety important?
It’s great to feel the sun on your skin on a summer’s day, but ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can be very dangerous.
Over time, UV rays can damage your skin and even cause skin cancer, which is why sun safety is so important.
About 5 million people get treated for skin cancer each year in the US. While this is an alarming number, the good news is most skin cancers are easily preventable.
To keep your skin healthy, sunburn free and still have fun in the sun, here are some sun safety tips:
- Find shade. You might be heading to the beach, a barbecue or block party. As excited as you are, don’t forget to bring your umbrella along. If you forgot your umbrella, find the nearest tree, shelter or shaded area for relief from the sun.
- Wear hats. When it comes to staying safe in the sun, hats are not for fashion. Choose those that have a wide brim, UV protection and cover 30 to 40 percent of your face and eyes.
- Wear sunscreen all the time. While this might seem trivial, it is a very important sun smart safety tip. Always choose sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and those that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen as directed and apply about 15-20 minutes before you head outdoors. Be generous with the amount you use and reapply every hour or more often, especially if you are swimming.
- Wear protective clothes. Before you head out, wear long-sleeve, breathable shirts or long, loose skirts. If that is not an option, a short-sleeve T-shirt, wide-brimmed hat or a beach towel are alternatives.
- Limit your sun exposure. As the saying goes, too much of anything is bad. UV rays can destroy your skin very quickly — in as little as 15 minutes. Avoid rays as much as you can and don’t leave your skin exposed for long outdoors.
- Look for changes with your skin. Early detection of skin cancer is crucial to treatment. Inspect your skin and make note of any new bumps, growths or spots. Talk to your health provider if you notice any changes.
While these tips show you how to stay safe in the sun, it is not the only way to damage your skin with UV rays. Indoor tanning beds, lamps and booths expose your skin to very high UV radiation.
Sun safety tips for kids & teens
Lets not forget the kids. All the tips mentioned above apply to children, especially hats and protective coverings.
- For infants (under 12 months old), keep them out of direct sunlight as much as possible. They do not have the protection adults have against the sun’s rays yet and can suffer serious skin damage. Provide them with shade or protective clothing to shield rays if you have to be out in the sun.
- Most toddlers can use sunscreen safely. Make sure to test a small amount of the sunscreen on their wrists to make sure they aren’t irritated by it. Reapply sunscreen as much as possible especially if they sweat or have been swimming.
- For teens, be aware of the dangers of tanning beds and salons. Exposure to high UV rays from indoor tanning appliances could cause serious skin damage.
- Ask about sun safety policies at your kids’ school. Every school treats this issue differently, so ask questions; it’s important to protect your children from sun exposure.
What is the safest time to be in the sun?
The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. UV rays are also strongest during the summer months and at higher altitudes.
That being said, sunburn and skin damage can still occur during cooler times of the day and even on cloudy days. It is still very important to adhere to these sun smart safety tips as much as you can.
It’s natural to want to spend some time outside as the weather warms up. Especially in the US where winters are longer, the spring and summer months are a welcome change.
As long as you observe social distancing and protect your skin from direct exposure to the sun, using the sun safety tips listed above, you should be golden. Enjoy your summer!
COVID-19 has impacted every single person in one way or another.
Whether you or a loved one have suffered from the virus or have lost their job or business; whether you are a frontline worker or have been quarantined at home; this is a stressful situation for all included.
That is why it is more important than ever before to ensure you are properly managing stress during COVID-19. Here are some COVID-19 Tips for Managing Stress:
Why You Should Manage Stress
Fear and anxiety about this disease and the current circumstances can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to these stressors.
Some people may have difficulty sleeping or concentrating, while others may increase their use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Others may notice an increase in their fear and anxiety over the safety of their loved ones.
Those at higher risk of stress during this time include:
- Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness
- Children and teens
- People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, such as doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
- Frontline workers including grocery store employees, truck drivers, and more
- Those with mental health conditions including problems with substance use
While all of these reactions are normal, it is important to best manage and reduce stress in order to avoid adverse effects in your physical and mental well-being.
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Ways To Cope With Stress
Understanding the risk to yourself and people you care about can make the outbreak less stressful. When you share accurate information about COVID-19, you can help make people feel less stressed, make a connection with them, and help stop the stigma.
Coping with stress can be difficult for some, but with these COVID-19 tips, you will reduce your stress levels in no time:
Take A Break
It is important to take occasional breaks from whatever it is you are doing, whether that is working, reading, watching the news, or going on social media. By continuously occupying yourself with the pandemic, you will only increase your stress levels and adversely affect your health.
Take Care Of Your Body
It is essential to try and remain active while stuck inside during quarantine. Make an effort to take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate often. Be sure to exercise regularly; going for a walk around the neighborhood could be an excellent activity for you and your loved ones.
Eating a regular, well-balanced diet will help you feel a whole lot better and may also help control your moods. Your meals should be full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein for energy. These foods will help you feel better and reduce stress.
Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
As tempting as it may be to drink away your stress or anxiety or boredom, it is very important to not abuse drugs or alcohol. Abusing alcohol and drugs can lead to negative health effects and could cause even more strain and stress on you and your loved ones.
Make Time To Unwind
Do some activities that you love or try picking up a new hobby. Don’t forget to set aside time for rest and relaxation to relieve your stress. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
Accept The Circumstances
Some things are simply out of your control. And that’s ok. It is impossible to control everything in your life. By accepting that things are out of your control, you can stop thinking negatively and start doing the things that you love. Fun and laughter go a long way towards making you feel relaxed.
Connect With Others
Set aside time to connect with others and discuss your problems, challenges, and wins. By talking with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling, you can relieve your stress and grow stronger in your bonds and relationships.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
This can be a difficult time for many people. Please call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. For people with preexisting mental health conditions, be sure to continue with your current treatment, and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.
Helping Kids Cope
Children and teens may react differently in these situations and it is important to be aware of the signs they may be struggling with mental health.
When parents and caregivers deal with COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.
Parents can be more reassuring to others around them if they are better prepared.
Be sure to talk with your child or teen about the situation.
Answer any questions they may have and try to be as truthful as possible.
Reassure them to let them know that they will be safe and that it is ok to feel upset.
Limit your family’s exposure to the news coverage, including social media, and be sure to stick to a regular routine so it feels as normal as possible for them.
Here To Help
If you or your loved ones are struggling during this time, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is here to help.
Our doctors, nurses, and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that every patient gets the care, treatment, and attention they deserve during these trying times.
Our friendly, motivated, and dedicated staff are here to help you with anything you may need during these difficult times.
For more COVID-19 tips on how you and your loved ones can cope during the pandemic, visit nanticoke.org.
Immediate care centers, urgent care centers, and hospitals across the country, and the world, are being inundated with new patients every day due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With so much misinformation out there on the coronavirus, and what you should do to protect yourself and your family, it is important to understand the answers to some of the biggest questions about COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 is abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for the disease. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been closely monitoring the spread of the virus and are updating everyone accordingly.
What Are The Symptoms?
COVID-19 has symptoms that are similar to the flu or the common cold. However, doctors are reporting patients having mild to severe respiratory illness that may lead to severe illness or death. These are the most common identified symptoms of COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath
If you or a loved one have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, call your healthcare professional.
Who Is At Risk?
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you fit into any of the following groups, you may be at an increased risk of COVID-19:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Those with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People with serious heart conditions
- Conditions that can cause a person to be immunocompromised
- Those with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with Diabetes
- Those with chronic kidney disease and who are undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
Is It Really That Contagious?
Yes! The novel coronavirus disease 2019 is an extremely contagious disease. It can spread in a variety of ways including:
The virus mainly spreads from person-to-person. It can spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from infected surfaces
It is possible to get infected with COVID-19 even if you have not come directly into contact with another person. The virus can live on surfaces and objects, and a person may be infected if they touch that object and then touch their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Thankfully, this is not the virus’ main source of infection.
How To Prevent Contracting Coronavirus
There are many precautions that you and your family can take in order to avoid contracting COVID-19. However, the best way to prevent contracting the coronavirus is to avoid being exposed. That means the one thing that has been on everyone’s mind the past few weeks: social distancing.
It is important to avoid close contact with anyone who might be sick. The CDC is recommending keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from one another even for healthy people. If you have to touch a surface, be sure to wash your hands afterwards. It is recommended that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot find soap and water or are not near an easily accessible sink, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It is incredibly important to avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes, or anywhere on your face.
What To Do If You Are Sick
If you are already sick, it is important to avoid passing respiratory illness to others. Be sure to stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If the illness becomes serious, it is important to contact a medical professional.
How Do You Treat COVID-19?
Unfortunately, since the coronavirus is new, there is no known proven cure. In fact, treatment is left up to the individual practitioner based on the severity of the case and available resources. Those with COVID-19 will receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. They should also limit movement and contact with people and animals to avoid spreading the disease.
The trusted medical professionals at Nanticoke Hospital are on the front-line fighting this disease every day. Our dedicated staff remain committed to helping every single person who comes through our doors, especially those affected by this horrible pandemic. For more information on COVID-19 and what you can be doing to stay safe and flatten the curve, contact the immediate care center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital today or visit the Peninsula Regional Health System.
New diabetic patients may need to visit a center with specialists in diabetes and endocrinology. A common concern with newly diagnosed diabetics is that they may have early stages of a condition that may affect their kidney, blood vessels, and brain. This is because diabetes can cause the constriction of blood vessels and depletion of organs.
A serious consequence of the constriction of blood vessels is the loss of limbs. Although that eventuality is not very uncommon, it can raise the risks, if it’s not detected in time. The following are tests diabetic patients may undergo while seeking care through a center for diabetes and endocrinology.
Common Tests for Diabetic Patients
Laboratory Test for Hemoglobin A1C: It is one of the most critical tests for diabetes management. The A1C test is used by the endocrinologist to determine the state of blood levels for the past three months. It can detect type 2 and pre-diabetes by evaluating the amount of glucose attached to your hemoglobin. It is done periodically to inform lifestyle changes you should make, and whether you require immediate care.
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Test: The thickening and clogging of blood vessels in the legs, is common in type 2 diabetic patients. The condition can cause pain in the legs while walking and may lengthen the time it takes for wounds to heal. The Ankle Brachial Index test uses a probe to pick up sound waves around your arms and feet. If there is a pressure difference between the two areas it may mean that there is a problem. lifestyle changes, medications or surgery might be suggested as treatment.
Urine Microalbumin Test: This test monitors protein levels in the urine sample. It indicates damage to certain parts of the body, such as the kidney. If there are any damages to the organ, small amounts of protein will leak through. The test is particularly critical if you are at risk of kidney disease. You will often be required by your center for diabetes to take the test every year.
Eye Exam: An ophthalmologist can use retinal photography to check for damage on that part of the eye. Issues such as damage to the retina and diabetic retinopathy are risk factors if you have diabetes. Your eye doctor can prevent vision loss and blindness through early detection. It is recommended that you see an ophthalmologist at least once a year if you have diabetes.
Talk to your primary care provider if you think you need further evaluation at a specialist center for diabetes and endocrinology. Early detection can find conditions and minimize risk of further issues. For more information about Nanticoke’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, visit www.nanticoke.org/diabetes.
When cancer runs in your family or you have a breast cancer scare, you want to make sure you are in the best condition to receive the treatment you need. Cancer, when caught early and with the right professional intervention, can put the patient in the best situation for treatment and many people can receive immediate care to help them heal and fight the disease.
Medical oncology is helpful for those concerned about cancer, currently undergoing treatment, or who have battled cancer before and are wanting to know what their treatment options are regarding remission. It’s also helpful for those who have a family history of cancer — keep in mind that nearly 40% of people will encounter cancer at some point in their lives — and want to know what they can do about it.
Medical oncology: how can this help with your health care regime? How can managing your female health be improved with the addition of an oncologist? Use this guide to assist you and if you need to be sent to a cancer specialist as part of your women’s health services, or because you have been referred to radiation oncology, you can get the treatment you need.
They Can Help Come Up With a Treatment Plan
Have you been diagnosed with cancer or have a family history of cancer that needs to be addressed? If so, then you will want to speak to a medical oncology team to help come up with a custom plan of treatment for you.
This team will work with you to help you understand your immediate care needs and will address any issues related to breast and other female cancers. If you need blood or other testing done, this may be done before or during your oncology consultation.
They Can Refer You to the Best Treatment Centers
A cancer treatment center can be beneficial in helping you learn how to treat your cancer or have preventative treatments done. When you do your part to engage in medical oncology efforts, you help to get yourself into the hands of experts who can assist you.
When you have a cancer scare or you are actively going through a diagnosis, you want access to quality medical care. This is something your medical oncology team can do for you as part of your treatment plan. Speak to your doctor to learn more about the treatment methods that are best for you.
Endocrinology isn’t something that people hear about very often, and yet it’s an essential part of your anatomy and a critical part of how your body functions. Endocrinology is the area of medicine that deals with the hormones and glands in your body, and how they function to keep your body working properly and keep everything working together. The body is a work of art and a finely-tuned mechanism that requires everything to work well together.
Why Endocrinology Matters
There are eight glands that make up the endocrine system, and they all secrete hormones that are essential to your body. The hormones in your body are part of a delicate balance that keeps your blood flowing, your organs pumping, your brain working, and everything firing the right way on all levels. Endocrinologists are very important medical professionals who study for many years to understand this delicate balance and know how essential and important your hormones are to your overall good health and your body’s balance.
Endocrinology is essential to everything else in your body. Even if you’re going to see a cardiologist or a gynecologist, an endocrinologist may be asked to assess you to see how your overall system is working and how well your hormones and glands are functioning to keep you healthy. Diabetic patients and those seeking women’s health services may be required to consult an endocrinologist in order to receive a complete and thorough health workup and a clear picture of how well their body is working.
When Endocrinology Matters Most
If you go to a cancer treatment center or consult with a physician to find out if you have cancer, endocrinology is going to become extremely important and talked about very often. Hormones and glands are often affected by cancer, so you will likely have your entire endocrine system checked regularly if you are a cancer patient or if you are at risk of developing cancer.
Often, an endocrinology workup will involve nothing more extensive than a blood test. A complete blood test can paint a very detailed pictures about what’s going on in your body and what your hormone levels are, so endocrinologists study this information very carefully in order to determine your overall state of health. If cancer gets to your glands, aggressive treatment may be necessary. that’s why endocrinology is so important. The entire way your body functions hinges upon this system working well.
Don’t overlook endocrinology when it comes to your health. if a physician recommends that you see an endocrinologist, do so as soon as possible. This is en essential system in the body, and it often shows how healthy you are overall.
It is estimated that over 38% of women and men will at some point in their lifetime be diagnosed with cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer can be a very scary time. Getting the care you deserve starts with a cancer treatment center.
These centers treat a wide range of cancers including late-stage cancers. They have highly skilled staff and doctors that are experts in cancers that keep abreast of the latest treatment options. These are the experts that you want on your team.
They provide a wide range of services including:
- Medical oncology, radiation oncology, other treatment options
- Lab services and other testing services
- Counseling and support services
- Yoga and holistic support programs
Accredited cancer treatment centers, such as the Allen Cancer Center at Nanticoke, use state of the art technologies and treatments to help in the battle. At Nanticoke, we partner to participate in important clinical trials as well as work with local support services to provide patients with a network of care and support, giving you access to important cancer care options in Seaford DE.
Getting the complete care that you need during your cancer treatment is vital. Cancer treatment centers offer the latest in technology and treatment options while focusing on taking care of the whole you while you fight cancer. You will find support services and more to help you through this fight.
There are a variety of problems that can be treated at urgent care and immediate care facilities, and there are even some diagnostic tests the facility is capable of running.
Visiting Immediate Care
The environment at immediate care centers is part clinic, part doctor’s office. At Nanticoke Immediate Care, the staff is made up of nurse practitioners, in addition to typical medical support staff. Urgent care centers are a lot like large doctor’s offices, but with more equipment and an in-house lab. You don’t need to call ahead or make an appointment at an immediate care center; simply show up when you need treatment or testing. In most cases, you will receive treatment and/or testing within a few hours of your arrival.
While many tests including blood work can be done at an immediate care center, there may be times when you require additional or more extensive testing, such as mammograms, CAT scans, and MRIs. If you need additional tests, the nurse practitioner who treats you will tell you where to go to have these diagnostics performed.
If you need common medical testing performed, some of our immediate care centers can provide everything from X-rays to blood tests. Visiting an immediate care center is designed to be efficient and quick, for someone and for the facility. Get your basic medical tests done here, and save yourself the time and aggravation of going somewhere else.
An immediate care center should be used when you can’t wait to see your doctor but your concern is urgent. If it is a life-threatening emergency, you should always go to your closest hospital’s emergency room.
Dealing with cancer or any serious illness is difficult, overwhelming, and challenging. At times it can seem nearly impossible to find the right treatment. But you should never give up hope. You are not alone. As a matter of fact, at some point during their lifetime, approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer. Dealing with cancer is more common than you might think. There are many cancer treatment centers that exist to help people just like you. When you choose the right one, you can enjoy the benefits of receiving the care and attention that you and your loved ones deserve. Don’t let the challenges you are facing defeat you. The best cancer treatment centers provide you with the services that can heal, restore, and regenerate. Follow our simple guide below to get started.
What features should I look for in a cancer treatment center?
First and foremost, it is important to ensure that the cancer treatment center you choose provides ready access to the services and treatments you may need. Whether it’s radiation oncology or women’s health services, it will provide you and your loved ones with a sense of security to know that the specific services they need are nearby whenever they need them. As you know, dealing with cancer, diabetes, or any serious illness is already extremely stressful, so the last thing you need is any more uncertainty. When you know that you have quick access to experienced medical professionals and knowledgeable specialists, you can lower your stress levels bring your focus back to the healing process.
While access to necessary treatments is crucial, comfort should not be overlooked either. It’s always wise to look for cancer treatment centers that aim to satisfy their patients in every way imaginable. While small details may seem insignificant at first glance, sometimes they end up being quite important. When a center offers comfortable beds, amenities, and caring staff members, it shows that they are committed to making their patients feel as comfortable as possible, even in the midst of trying times. While medical services are certainly a necessary aspect of restoration, more and more people are finding that mindset is also important to undergo a comprehensive healing process. You should never overlook the benefits of being treated in an environment that takes your mental well being and overall comfort into account.
How should I choose a cancer treatment center?
When you’re looking for centers, it may be helpful to ask around for recommendations from trusted friends, colleagues, and family members. Often times a center’s reputation is proven in the words other people have to share about its staff and services. Choosing a center that comes with high recommendations from past patients (or family members of patients) can give you the certainty you need to heal and recover.
Of course, it is always wise to consult with your insurance agent to see what services and treatments will be covered under your current plan. Often times this can give you a clearer picture of what’s available to you, and where your best options might lie. A good cancer treatment center will always do its best to communicate costs and medical bills with the utmost transparency. You should never have to deal with a center that does not place value on high quality customer service in all regards.
While choosing a cancer treatment center can present a set of unique challenges, it is important to make a decision that provides you or your loved one with the best care possible. If you have been looking for cancer treatment centers, but you are not having any luck finding the right one, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. With years of experience and a knowledgeable staff, we are happy to get you started on receiving the care and attention that you and your family deserve. Contact us today.
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Over 30 million people in the US, that is 9.4% of the US population, suffer from diabetes. It has become a very common disease, which unfortunately has promoted the idea that it is not as serious as it once was.
Just because there are more cases of diabetes than ever before it does not mean that it is not a serious disease. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, the first thing you should do is plan on seeing the diabetes specialist Seaford DE patients have been seeing to help them manage their condition. Having a specialist in your case will help you to navigate this condition successfully.
Simple Steps Can Make the Biggest Difference
Making some simple lifestyle changes and combining them with getting specialty care from a diabetes specialist Seaford DE patients turn to can help you to get this condition under control. Adding some exercise to your daily routine is your first small step.
Studies indicate not only weight loss can help to keep your numbers in check but moving more can also help. You do not have to make giant changes to your activity level. You can start out simple. Park a little further from the building than you normally would. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Take breaks at work to walk around the building. Walk during lunch. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. You can start out on short walks and before you know it you will be walking everywhere.
To stick with an exercise program do something that you enjoy. If you do not like what you are doing you likely will not stick with it.
Changing Your Diet
Changing your diet can have the most profound effect on your glucose levels and it can be one of the hardest things you have to do. Being mindful of everything that you consume is vital. Start keeping a list of the foods that you are eating, and what you are drinking. It is not only important to know what you are eating and drinking but when you are eating and drinking.
There are apps that you can use on your phone to keep track of things for you. Making small changes to your diet can make a big difference. Diabetic patients are encouraged to take their diets seriously.
You Can Manage This
With professional help and a commitment to change your lifestyle you will be able to manage your diabetes. Get the help you deserve from the Nanticoke Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in Seaford DE.