As we draw on the close of another summer I hope you have been faithful with sun protection. This is a skin cancer that is less common but the most dangerous of all types. It causes 75% of deaths related to skin cancer in the world. It can be a tiny black speck or the size of a pencil eraser. Melanocytes are found in skin, internally and in the eyes. In women it’s primarily on the legs and in men on the back. Its most common in white or light skin Caucasians living in sunny climates. There can be a familial tendency so more vigilance if there are relatives with known or past Melanomas.
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We all know smoking is bad for you in so many ways. Nicotine is absorbed by every cell of the body. It causes multi-organ damage such as heart disease, brain damage, and many lung diseases. If cancer
doesn’t get you, the smoke attacks the small air cells in the lungs, turning them into liquid rot or useless scar tissue. And … when you can’t breathe well, that hurries the journey through life often by decades. On a positive note, smoking has dropped significantly in the last ten years to 15% of the population in Canada with only 11% smoking daily.
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