SCHAUMBURG, Ill.(May 1, 2014) – It is
estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer
in the course of their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma –
the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour.
American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) is encouraging the public to
learn how to SPOT Skin Cancer™. The campaign aims to save lives by
emphasizing the importance of early detection.
“When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable,” said
board-certified dermatologist, Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAAD, president of
the Academy. “Despite this, many people don’t know how to be their own
detective when it comes to skin cancer, including what to look for on
their skin or when they should see a dermatologist.”
To increase people’s chances of spotting skin cancer early,
the Academy recommends everyone learn the ABCDE rule, which outlines
the warning signs of melanoma:
A – is for Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half.
B – is for Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
C – is for Color that varies from one area to another.
D – is for Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
E – is for Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
“Although skin cancer is more common among people with
light or fair skin, everyone is at risk of getting this life-threatening
disease,” said Dr. Coldiron. “SPOT Skin Cancer™ encourages people to
invest in their health and spot skin cancer early, when it is most
treatable. If you see anything on your skin that is changing, itching or
bleeding, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified
To further learn how to spot skin cancer, visit the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ website – www.SpotSkinCancer.org – for valuable information and resources on skin cancer prevention and detection, including:
A How to Select a Sunscreeninfographic with tips for choosing a sunscreen that reduces your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging
SPOT Skin Cancer™ is the Academy’s campaign to create a
world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach
programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention,
detection and care of skin cancer.
You can help raise awareness of melanoma and other
types of skin cancer by using the hashtag #SPOTskincancer when sharing
Academy resources on social media and encouraging friends and family
members to take advantage of the Academy’s free skin cancer screenings
in their area. Individuals who have been affected by skin cancer can
share their personal stories on SpotSkinCancer.org
and provide support and inspiration for others fighting skin cancer, as
well as communicate the importance of prevention and early detection.
Noted speaker, author and Christian humanitarian Josh
McDowell has impacted the lives of millions of people for Jesus Christ
worldwide. In all of his travels and all of the wisdom gained from more than 50
years of outreach, Josh sounds the alarm to the Church of Jesus Christ today
with one central message:“We must learn a way to disciple children!”
In the face of an epidemic of online pornography, marital
infidelity and an escalation in divorce, Josh offers hope to reverse this
slippery slope. Join Josh for an evening that will grab your heart. Josh cries
out, “If we wait until our children are 13, 14, 15 years old, it’s too late.”
But he offers what he calls “the first ray of hope I have seen in the last 15
years as these morality “storms” have taken place.”
Don’t miss noted speaker and author Josh McDowell during Save Our Children—Save Our World. It
will change your life and the life of your church.
Mental and substance use disorders affect all Americans. By speaking up about issues and reaching out to those who need help, you can help encourage public awareness and inspire others. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental and/or substance use disorder call 800-662-HELP or visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for more information or treatment referral. You can help yourself or someone you love take the first step toward recovery.
Spread the message that Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, and People Recover.
Dennis Dodge is a native Vermonter. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Vermont he went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. He was ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and for the next 18 years he pastored churches in Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1990 the Lord moved Dennis and his family to Toccoa Falls College where he spent the next 11 years serving in business and finance and personally counseling students. Prior to his retirement from full time service several months ago Rev. Dodge got his Clinical Pastoral certification at Gwinnet Medical Center and ministered for 11 years as a Hospice Chaplain providing spiritual support for patients and families from varied cultures and backgrounds across Northeast Georgia.
Throughout all his ministries Chaplain Dodge’s special anointing has been for personally praying for people, one-on-one, wherever there was a specific need. Whether it was at the altar with a broken sinner, in the finance office with a struggling student, in the Middle East with a weary missionary, in a prison cell with a forgotten inmate, in a nursing home with a faithful saint, in a trauma unit with a shattered family or on the street with a troubled stranger Chaplain Dodge has devoted his life to standing on the promise of James 5:16 “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (NASB)
Dennis and his wife Sara have been married for 45
years and reside in Toccoa, Georgia. They have 3 children and 10
can submit your prayer requests to Pastor Dennis by clicking on the Prayer
Works logo above or by emailing him directly: email@example.com
When someone is having a stroke, they may not be able to say it with words, but their body language will tell you loud and clear. You just need to know the sudden signs. Look for FAST: F - Face drooping. A - Arm weakness. S - Speech difficulty. T - Time to call 911 immediately because the sooner they get to the hospital, the sooner they’ll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery. Know the sudden signs. Face-Arm-Speech-Time. Spot a stroke. FAST. Visit The Stroke Association for more information
This April we will be celebrating National Autism Awareness Month alongside hundreds of Autism Society affiliates and their communities! Learn more about what's in store for our area by visiting the NAAM website Do you want to make a better world for autism? That’s what the Autism Society strives to do along with their many partners across the country and this April they will be celebrating the work being done by people with autism and autism advocates to improve the lives of all impacted by autism. To learn more about the events happening in your state, please click the links below:
Here are some interesting facts regarding those who have or who care for those with autism:
lifetime cost of autism, for an individual who does not have an
intellectual disability is $1.4 million and $2.3 million for an
individual with autism and an intellectual disability. Most parents
lack the financial resources to provide for the lifetime care and
support of their son or daughter with autism. Federal and state
assistance is needed, but there are severe gaps in this safety net.
Individuals with autism need the ability to support themselves in
their living environments. How do we make this happen? Learn more
during National Autism Awareness Month.
average, mothers of children with ASD earn 35% less than mothers of
children with another health limitation and 56% ($14,755) less than
those mothers of children with no health impairments. This is likely
due to the tendency of mothers to work less than full-time when
caring for a child with a disability, due to a lack of community and
home supports available. More has to be done to support families with
autism. How can we make this better? Learn more during NationalAutism Awareness Month.
16% percent of people of disabilities are unemployed, almost double
the rate of unemployment among people without disabilities. Some
estimates put the number as high as 43%. How do we make this better?
Learn more about how we are making the world better for autism by
visiting our web page on National Autism Awareness Month.
This is severe weather
awareness month in Georgia and the Carolinas. Families and individuals are
urged to use the information provided this month to devise their own severe
weather safety plans.
The National Weather Service
issues warnings 15 to 20 minutes prior so you should already have a plan in
place and be ready to act on it immediately when a warning is issued.
The most important part of your plan is to identify a safe room. Your goal
should be to place as many walls and floors between you and the outside as
Another important step is assembling an emergency supplies kit. This kit should
be stored in or easily accessible from your safe room and should contain
essential items that you may need during extended periods of utility outages.
For more information on an emergency plan or assembling an emergency supplies
kit... visit www.NOAA.Gov/