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Archive for October, 2011


Lots of skin cancer news

Friday, October 28th, 2011

There has been a lot of new data on skin cancer lately.
-There is a link between melanoma and breast cancer
-Women who drink 3 cups of coffee a day may lower their risk of basal cell carcinoma by 20%. Sorry, men, only 9% for you.
-After just 4 tanning bed visits, the risk of basal and squamous cell carcinoma increases by 15% and of melanoma by 11%. The younger the patient is, the higher the risk of basal cell carcinoma
-Melanoma rates have increased for women under 50 for Caucasians, Asians and Hispanics
-Melanoma remains the #1 cancer in white women from the ages of 25 to 29 and #2 for women 15 to 30 years old

It is not common knowledge that non-white people can get skin cancers. Some of the worst basal cell cancers I have seen are in Hispanics and Asians. The two worst nose cases I’ve seen lately were in two Korean people in their 60’s to 70’s.

I would not be surprised if I get a basal cell carcinoma one day considering that my friends and I spent a lot of time frying in the sun trying to tan ourselves and swimming at the Swim Club! I remember my blonde friend turning as red as a lobster, and I was disappointed that I just couldn’t tan. Baby oil, Hawaiian Tropic and Coppertone SPF 4-we used it to try to get tan, not to protect ourselves! I escaped the signs of sun damage until I moved to San Diego in the late 90’s. Too much outdoor fun on the weekends led to a lot of freckling. I wish I knew then what I know now.

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Screening mammograms

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

It was sad to hear that TV presenter Giuliana Rancic contracted breast cancer, most likely with a contribution from hormones used during IVF. Although I don’t watch her show, I am familiar with her story of the struggle to get pregnant, IVF, miscarriages, etc. She reminds us all, even at a young age, to get a mammogram. I must say I am guilty myself even though one of my best friends is a survivor at 42. Made my appointment today. Reality TV is good for something!

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California bans tanning for minors

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Gov. Brown has signed into law a ban against indoor tanning for minors under 18. Previously indoor tanning was allowed for minors between 14 and 17 with parental consent. Indoor tanning has clearly been linked to a higher incidence of melanoma.

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Amazing words

Friday, October 7th, 2011

If you haven’t watched CNN lately, Steve Job’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford was simply amazing. I wonder what such a visionary genius thinks about on his deathbed.

In any case here are some highlights:
On the future: “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

On failure: “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life….Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

On love: “As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

On death and life: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary…Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

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