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Cover Up: Melanoma Monday

1 May

Did you know that too much sun exposure (even tanning beds) can cause skin cancer? So the most important way to prevent skin cancer is to limit your sun exposure. Here’s a catchy, effective phrase created by the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program in Australia –Slip, Slop, Slap. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. There is even a cute video, here.

You can also remember the ABC’s of Melanoma— asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution referring to moles on your skin.

May is skin cancer awareness month. The American Academy of Dermatology has important information as well as the American Cancer Society. 

Monday May 6 is Melanoma Monday — a day where many places offer free skin cancer screenings. You can call the American Cancer Society number at 1-800-227-2345 to find out if there any screenings in your area. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital will be offering free skin cancer screenings at two locations. Here’s the information.

The Friday before Memorial Day is designated as Don’t Fry Day — a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage steps to protect the skin.

One tip that I can offer is to wear sun protective clothing (SPF). Many companies, like Coolibar, manufacture clothing for the entire family. I’m pictured here in a Coolibar top and hat. I reached out to Coolibar and let them know that I wear their clothing already, and I would do a feature on my blog, in conjunction with Melanoma Monday. They sent me this top and hat. (Full disclosure: I did not pay for the items.) I already have several other tops in my closet as I do water aerobics daily. Notice the wide-brimmed hat for extra protection.

Don’t forget the sunscreen this month and every month!


College Basketball Coaches Make a Special Visit

13 Jun


A few weeks ago ten college basketball coaches visited patients and cancer survivors at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. According to all the participants and the smiles on the children’s faces, the visit was better than any medicine. The event was partnership between Beaumont Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to Coach Greg Kampe of Oakland University whose idea turned into an impactful event.

Coaches included:  Steve Alford – University of California, Los Angeles, Rick Barnes – University of Tennessee, John Beilein – University of Michigan, John Calipari – University of Kentucky, Bob Huggins – West Virginia University, Tom Izzo – Michigan State University, Greg Kampe – Oakland University, Sean Miller – University of Arizona, Josh Pastner – University of Memphis and  Roy Williams – University of North Carolina.

“This was a ten person team united against fighting cancer, ” said Tom Izzo, Michigan State University.

View the actual visit here.




In the Pink

20 May


Detroit’s Comerica Park was decked out in pink as participants gathered for 22nd Annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, which raises funds for breast cancer research.

More than 30,000 people participated in the event. Live music entertained the walkers and runners, while crowds cheered along the way. The Susan B. Komen Foundation is the largest breast cancer charity in the country.

If you did not participate in the Race for the Cure, last week there is an opportunity to join the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. The West Bloomfield event will start 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at West Bloomfield High School. TV personality Lila Lazarus will welcome crowd. Funds raised at Relay for Life support all types of cancer.

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