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Taking inventory of your skin

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This year alone, there will be over 1,400 newly diagnosed cases of skin cancer in Arizona. According to a National Cancer Institute study, the rates of cancer are overall going down, except for skin cancer. There are two categories of skin cancer: melanoma and nonmelanoma. Non-melanoma skin cancer includes Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and Merkel cell carcinoma. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and approximately 80% of cases go unreported. There is an increasing trend of skin cancer in young people. For woman ages 15-29, melanoma is the second most common form of cancer. Deadly skin cancer cases have risen 50 percent, in the past 10 years, in Arizona. And non- invasive skin cancer cases have doubled in the past 10 years. Lisa Quale is the Senior Health Educator at the University...

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Joining the breakfast club

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Breakfast in bed may be more productive than you think. According to a National Center for Biotechnology informational study, skipping breakfast can lead to an appetite for high-calorie foods such as pancakes, waffles, and eggs Benedict, rather than something healthy or low-calorie. Everyone remembers sitting at the kitchen table as a child trying to stomach every last bite of oatmeal that their parents told them they had to eat. Their reason inevitably was “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” According to Tucson nutritionists, this idea still holds true. “That is because if we don’t eat it, typically our blood sugar is unstable and our adrenals will have to work a lot harder, and people can end up being exhausted,” said Lauren Kanzler, a certified clinical nutritionist who owns her own online private practice. There is a pop-culture term...

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Eye killing is the new pastime of the 21st century

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The children of the 21st century have a new nickname: vision killers. They are the first generation to grow up in this technological world, but this so called “access” has its downfall. All this screen-time can lead to long-term eye health problems. In 2014, research group Millward Brown, found that a typical multiscreen user absorbs seven hours of screen media per day during a five-hour-period. This compares to a study done in 1995 by another research firm, Childwise, where on average, children spent a little under three hours in front of a screen. “Long term, with more and more work [in front of] computers, it increases the chance of myopia,” said local optometrist, Dr. Curtis Dechant, who works for Vision Source Tucson. Myopia usually begins at a young age and is a refractive error where a person can see near objects...

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