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TUESDAY, APRIL 16 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013 HEALTH & FITNESS Cape Gazette SC Q. My skin has all kinds of small thingies on it like my father used to have. My doctor checks them out and says they are all harmless. But, what exactly are they? s we age, most of us start sprouting an array of unwanted growths. tions may Let's the common ones: Liver spots: The official name for liver or age spots is "lentigi- nes" from the Latin for "lentil." These are flat, brown with rounded edges and are larger than freckles. They are not dangerous. Keratoses: Seborrheic kera- Loses are brown or black raised spots, or wart-like growths that appear to be stuck to the skin. They are harmless. Actinic ker- atoses are thick, warty, rough, reddish growths. They may be a precursor to skin cancer. Cherry angiomas: These are small, bright-red raised bumps created by dilated blood ves- sels. They occur in more than 85 percent of seniors, usually on the trunk. These are also not dangerous, cone-shaped. Their surfaces risk is greatest for people who Telangiectasia: These are may be scaly or crusted, have fair skin. dilated facial blood vessels. Basal cell carcinomas: These Ultraviolet radiation from the Skin tags: These are bits of are the most common of the sun is the main cause of skin skin that project outward. They skin cancers. They develop cancer. M1 skin cancers can be may be smooth or irregular, in the basal layer below the cured if they are treated before flesh colored or more deeply surface of the skin. Basal cell they spread. The most common pigmented. They can either be carcinomas seldom spread to warning sign of skin cancer is a raised above the surrounding other parts of the body. They change on the skin, especially skin or have a stalk so the tag usually appear as small, shiny a new growth or a sore that hangs from the skin. They are bumps or pinpoint, red bleeding doesn't heal. benign, areas on the head, face, nose, Check your skin often. Look neck or chest, for changes in the size, shape, LOOK FOR CHANGES IN THE Melanomas: Melanoma is the color, or feel of birthmarks, SIZE, SHAPE, COLOR, OR FEEL deadliest form of skin cancer, moles and spots. And don't Melanomas can spread to other be reluctant to go to a doctor OF BIRTHMARKS, MOLES AND organs and can be fatal. They whenever you see anything SPOTS. usually appear as dark brown on your skin that you suspect or black mole-like growths with might be a problem. Now we get into the cancers irregular borders and variable Dermatologists recommend of the skin. colors. They usually arise in that, if you are a fair-skinned se- Squamous cell carcinomas: a pre-existing mole or other nior, you should get a full-body These are in the outer layers pigmented lesion, skin exam once a year. This of the skin. They are closely Skin cancer is the most kind of checkup isn't a bad idea associated with aging. These common type of cancer in the for any senior. are capable of spreading to United States. About half of all other organs. They are small, Americans who live to 65 will If you would like to read more columns, you firm, reddened nodules or flat have skin cancer. Although can order a copy of "How To Be A Healthy growths. They may also be anyone can get skin cancer, the Geezer" at Ready...Set...March for Babies! April 20 event ;et Families and business leaders will join together Saturday, April 20, in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies at Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk for the nation's oldest walk fun- draiser honoriiag babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. This year's local sponsors include Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, 21st Century Insur- ance, Bayhealth, Beebe Medical Center and Cigna. This year's Sussex County Ambassador Family is the Kim- mel family. The Kimmel family walks because, "The March of Dimes provided us with warmth and expertise, two things a NICU parent desperately needs! Help us thank the March of Dimes by fundraising and walking because every dollar and every step sup- ports a family like ours!" said Sarah Heath, mother of Jude Kimmel, born 13 weeks prema- ture on May 24, 2011, weighing only 2 pounds 10 ounces, at Nan- ticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. Baby Jude and his family spent the next 230 days in care at Christiana Hospital and A.I. Du- Pont Hospital for Children, where he battled life- threatening conditions such as infant emphysema, chronic lung disease and Jude Kimmel brain bleeds, and eventually received a tracheostomy and G- tube. The treatments provided critical support for his lungs and nutrition for growth and devel- opment. Heath expressed gratitude for the March of Dimes' presence throughout the period. "Jude was a part of a study during his stay in Christiana NICU. He also received treatments that are available thanks to the March of Dimes. They hosted dinners and workshops for fellow NICU parents to meet and connect, cry and console. It was at these dinners and workshops that ! learned the most important thing a parent like myself can learn ... to be an advocate for Jude, to fight as hard as I can for him!" Registration for March for Babies begins at 9 a.m. at the Rehoboth Bandstand, with the two-mile walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Participation in March for Ba- bies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including games, craft activities for kids, raffle prizes and snacks. To register for the event or find another event in the local community, visit www. Funds raised by March for Babies in Sussex County help support prenatal wellness pro- grams, research grants, newborn intensive care unit family sup- port programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects more than half a million babies each year. This past November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation a "C." More than 4 million babies were born last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. They help moms have full- term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. This year is very special as the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary. Whoop It Up! May 8 event to support CSC The Cancer Support Com- munity Delaware will host Whoop It Up! from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at Buffa- lo Wild Wings Grill & Bar at 19930 Lighthouse Plaza in Re- hoboth Beach. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 per person at the door. The eve- ning will feature delicious bar food, a great silent auction and exciting sports challenges. Open keg with the purchase of a $5 commemorative mug. Guests can bid on silent auction items such as sports memorabilia from regional teams, a Victoria skim- board donated by East of Maui and sporting event tickets. There will also be plenty of items for the armchair athlete. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 302-645:9150. Guests are encouraged to get in the spirit of the evening by wearing their favorite team's jersey. This event is made pos- sible through the generosity and community-minded outlook of Buffalo Wild Wings. All funds raised will provide much-needed cancer support services in Sus- sex County. More information is available at 'What makes a natural survivor?' Poet Walt Whitman wrote: serves as an adjunct professor "Keep your face always toward for Wilmington University and the sunshine - and shadows will Chesapeake College. He has fall behind you." developed insights and sensitivi- What factors determine a ties that allow him,to appeal to person's resilient spirit? Is one audiences. born with a positive nature, or is Featured speakers will include one nurtured into developing a Angela M. D ntonio, Ph.D., an positive outlook? Why do some associate professor of psychol- people get right back up after ogy at Wesley College; and Karen being knocked down, but oth- Barwick, a licensed professional ers don't? These questions and counselor of mental health who issues will be addressed in Dela- founded the Open Heart Studio. ware Hospice's Family Support Approval has been received Center Professional Conference, for 6.5 contact hours. Cost of the Resiliency: What makes a natu- workshop is $99 per person or ral survivor? from8 a.m. to 4:30 $75 per student, which includes p.m., Friday, April 19, from at the breakfast and lunch. Deadline Delaware Hospice Center, 100 for registration is Wednesday, Patriots Way, Milford. April 17, but early registration is Keynote speaker Lon Kief- recommended as space is strictly fer, RN, BSN, MBA, SSGB, is limited to 65 participants. a national speaker and the au- Register by contacting Vicki thor of two books. 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