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What Is UV Sun Exposure and How Do I Protect Myself From It?

Often when we read or hear about skin cancer and sun exposure the term UV will be used. UV is short for ultraviolet radiation and it is given off by the sun, as well as tanning beds. The UV rays have three different wavelengths called UVA, UVB and UVC. The different wavelengths determine how deep [...]

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Parents and Impact on Sun Exposure: Part II

Written by: Ann Sorgent RN, BSN  Clinical Supervisor Last week, we discussed the findings of a recent study comparing the rates of sun protection practices employed by parents of young children in Australia. The study determined that parents of children born in the latter group to parents who had been educated in skin safe practices [...]

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The Truth About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is fast, gentle, effective, builds confidence, covers large areas, medically accepted and permanent  on dark hair or hair darker than the skin color.   Here at Agnesian HealthCare we have a State-of-the-Art Light Sheer Diode laser that is considered the Gold Standard for hair removal. The laser emits a gentle beam of light [...]

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Wellness Tips: tanning beds

Nearly 30 million people in the United States tan in tanning salons every year. On average, that is more than one million people a day. More than 70 percent are Caucasian females, ages 16 to 49 years. It’s Big Business: The indoor tanning industry’s revenues have increased fivefold since 1992 to about $5 billion. Our [...]

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What to do about anaphylactic reactions?

Every year in the United States, between 400 and 800 deaths are caused by severe allergic reactions.  A person can die very quickly from an anaphylactic reaction, but it can often be prevented if recognized early. Signs of an anaphylactic reaction include: Hives Itching Rash/swelling Weakness Nausea/vomiting Stomach cramps Trouble breathing Coughing/wheezing If you notice [...]

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Coffee: study finds beneficial to protect against skin cancer

MyHealthNewsDaily recently published the study findings: Protection against skin cancer can be added to the list of health benefits that come with drinking coffee, a new study says. Women who drank more than three cups of coffee daily were 21 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma , compared with women who drank less [...]

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Helping women navigate through breast cancer care

By Richard B. Schaefer, MD, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Agnesian Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Services writes when faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer, women are forced to quickly make complex decisions about their health. Newly-diagnosed patients can often find themselves in information overload due to multiple treatment options; for both cancer treatment and reconstruction. Traditionally, [...]

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Skin problems plague athletes

When you think about the upcoming Olympics competition, skin issues would be an unlikely topic. As a board-certified dermatologist, Bert Steffes, MD, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, knows firsthand how the skin of athletes can be impacted. Get a new perspective on this common issue, and enjoy the Olympics! The Olympics are all about the [...]

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Effectively managing psoriasis

Individuals struggling with psoriasis can find new hope in more effectively managing this skin concern, according to James Schuster, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. Physical activity has come to the foreground as one potential influencer. Read more about what researchers have found regarding physical activity and psoriasis. Results from [...]

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Protect the skin you’re in

  “Minimize the effects of skin damage and premature aging by always using a sunscreen,” states Dr. Steffes.  Here are some other tips to protect the skin you’re in.   Avoid getting sun burnt – if you have five or more sunburns, your risk of developing skin cancer doubles. Avoid using tanning beds – the [...]

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