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May is Skin Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed.  Globally, skin cancer comprises about 40% of all cancers. The most common forms of skin cancer are basal-cell cancer, squamous-cell cancer and melanoma.  Basal-cell cancer, the most common, rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body), but it will continue to grow until it is treated, damaging surrounding structures. Squamous-cell cancer…

January is Radon Gas Awareness Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.  It is estimated that Radon causes about 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the US per year. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is generated in soil and is found naturally in the environment.  When Radon gas is inhaled…

June is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible and gradually progressive disease which causes dementia.  Dementia refers to a loss of memory with eventual impairment of other brain functions. Dementia affects up to 5 percent of the population between ages 65 and 70, but the prevalence of dementia in those age 100 is about 45 percent. Though there are some types of dementia…

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease, also known as “Celiac Sprue,” is an autoimmune disorder in which patients develop antibodies to “gluten” proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Patients with untreated Celiac Disease may also have bloating, fatigue, and abdominal pain. Celiac Disease is also associated with a characteristic rash. Some patients with…