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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sun Tan Myths Exposed – #1 Melanomas form only on sun exposed spots

melanoma under nails subungalMYTH: melanomas form only on sun exposed spots
FACT: face, neck, legs & back are the most likely place to develop melanomas however they can also develop on areas that are far less often exposed to the Sun, such as the soles of the feet, palms of the hands or even fingernail beds.
Melanoma under a nail. Subungual melanoma is a rare form that occurs under a nail but it can also affect the hands or the feet. Subungual melanoma is most often found on people with darker skin pigment. Often the first sign looks like a bruise under the nail and is usually a brown or black in color.
Melanoma often appears as a brown to black lengthwise stripe on the nail.
Usually only one finger or toe is affected.
If you notice more than one of your nails has a band or line, it’s less likely that melanoma is the culprit–but it is still very important to get it checked out to be sure.
* Subungual melanoma affects the big toe and the index finger most frequently
* Don’t forget to check around the nail for brownish or black pigment.
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* African American and Japanese women have a higher risk of melanoma under the nail than other ethnic groups.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Protect Your Skin From UV Damage, 1 Leaf At A Time

Lettuce has long been known as a powerful flab fighter but did you know it also packs above its weight when it comes to combating the sun’s powerful UV rays?
Lettuce comes in 4 main types:  crisp head (iceberg and the like), Romaine, Bibb & leaf lettuce, leaf  lettuce is the most nutritious.
Obviously like all green plants The Sun is vital it’s growth, but those harsh UV rays are as damaging to fragile lettuce leaves as they are to our skin. Plants have perfected their own natural sun protection by creating a chemical sunscreen which we see in their color rich leaves in shades of red, purple & reddish-brown.
When you tuck into a salad packed with the leaves from a dark leaf lettuce, those same chemicals go to work protecting you from UV light.
The plants generously pass on their protection to become our protection. Look for Leaf lettuce which has most of its leaves open and arrayed to the Sun, giving it lots of surface space that is highly vulnerable to damage from UV light. To combat the damage it creates a high concentration of protective chemicals.
Crisp head lettuce with it’s tightly wrapped leaves hidden deep inside are just the opposite, in fact those inner leaves have only 1% of the antioxidants found in leaf lettuce as  only the outermost leaves are exposed to the sun. Bibb and Romaine lettuces expose some outer and leaves to the sun but have incased inner leaves which puts their nutrition levels in the middle of Crisp and Leaf.
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