Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Here are some other basic tips and more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind and encourage men to schedule a physical and receive preventive care services this June.
Men are typically 70% less likely to go to the doctor than women. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), and almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic illness, many of which are preventable.
Preventive healthcare is important! Give us a call today, 503-261-7200!
South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you that this is a great time of year to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.
For ideas on how to bring more activity into your life, check out this link: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html
We live in an amazing area for exploring the outdoors. Many places are accessible and just as beautiful, even when the weather is wet.
Check out our Japanese Gardens (https://japanesegarden.org/).
Forest Park is great for a walk or run with a friend too. (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=127)
Did you know that your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight? You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food so you need supplements or some sun exposure!
* Remember, always be sensible when it comes to sun exposure. Never get a sunburn; always protect your face; but do expose your arms, legs, abdomen, and/or back. The optimal amount of sun you need depends upon your skin type, location, time of day, and season.
Interesting fact: Unlike humans, cats can’t make vitamin D in the sun, so they must get the nutrient from food. At the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a study of 99 pet cats found that higher vitamin D levels in food helped the felines recover from virtually any type of illness. However, too much vitamin D can be toxic to cats, so stick to food-based sources of the vitamin.
Below are two examples of some of the great reviews South Tabor Family Medical has received! If you would like to submit your own testimonial, we would love to hear from you. Select this link to do so now!
Been going here for approx 2-3 years now. Love all the staff I have dealt with. Starting to feel comfortable w my doc now and I am happy that I finally found family doctor and pain management under the same roof. Always return my calls quick and easy sweet friendly gals and employees. Thanks everyone!:)” – Jennifer N.
This is a great group of people. Professional, knowledgeable, and great about asking the right questions. From nurses to MD staff, everyone is thoughtful, and I don’t feel hurried and rushed out the door!” – Lisa R.
A few tips from South Tabor Family Physicians to get your spring off to a great start this year: 1. Get outside and walk, talk with your neighbors and/or plant something. We might not always see the sun, but we know it’s up there somewhere and it can’t hide forever. 2. Schedule those screenings and doctors appointments you have been putting off. (You know who you are!) 3. Sort and and clean up that medicine cabinet. Old medications loses its potency. Did you know that Aspirin smells like vinegar when it gets old? 4. Spring cleaning can be much more than just the garage and windows. Re-home clothes you don’t wear or that don’t flatter you. Giving away stuff you don’t use or want anymore can be a great way of improving your happiness as well as helping someone else out! 5. Stop and appreciate how beautiful the blooming cherry trees are right now and remember to stop and smell the lilac when it blooms.