Connecticut Dermatology Group Provides Complimentary Skin Cancer Screenings

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informationredIn recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Connecticut Dermatology Group offers a complimentary skin cancer-screening event May 16th at their Norwalk location.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. However, most skin cancers can be treated with great outcomes if found early.

With three offices in Connecticut, located in Norwalk, Milford and Stamford, Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) strives to make their patients and the entire Fairfield County community aware of skin cancer risks and the importance of early detection.

CDG will hold it’s second annual Free Screenings for Skin Cancer day at their Norwalk location, located at 761 Main Avenue this Saturday, May 16th from 8 AM – 12 PM.

This year they have launched the “Get Naked, Save a Life” campaign to focus on the life-saving aspect of a skin cancer screening.

CDG treats and cures more than 1,500 cases of skin cancer annually through Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Their Mohs Surgery Skin Cancer Treatment Center is the largest in Fairfield County and provides same-day, on-premise, and minimally invasive treatment of skin cancer tumors. Managing Partner and Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2015, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures. He will be at the event to answer any questions.

In addition to the free screenings, the first 50 people to attend will receive a complimentary t-shirt. There will also be a raffle and free giveaways. Register here or call 203-810-4151 for more information!

About Connecticut Dermatology Group

Connecticut Dermatology Group (CDG) is a leader in dermatology services in Connecticut. Since it’s founding in 1964, CDG has provided comprehensive skin care to tens of thousands in Connecticut through its Norwalk, Milford, and Stamford offices. CDG is Fairfield County’s largest physician-directed skincare center providing medical and surgical care, as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic services. CDG has been designated as a national dermatological testing center to conduct clinical trials for new and upcoming medical and cosmetic services. Managing Partner, Dr. Steven A. Kolenik III has been peer nominated as 2015 Top Doctor in Fairfield County by Castle Connolly. Dr. Kolenik III has completed over 19,000 Mohs procedures.

Health Screenings You Need In 2013

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By By Carmella Sebastian, MD, MS

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Health Screenings You Need In 2013 By Dr. Carm

As we age, regardless of our health status, we become more susceptible to different disease risks. With proper screenings we can be aware of any potential risks and take steps to prevent certain diseases like heart disease and osteoporosis. Even though some diseases like cancer might not be preventable, with early detection, survival rates can be much higher. The passage of the Affordable Care Act will allow for coverage of preventive screenings at 100% so this is the time to get the tests that are appropriate for you.

Below I have outlined the health screenings that men and women of a certain age need in 2013. I have broken down the list by gender and have included the age at which screening should start and how frequently it should be performed.

Women

Mammogram – Depending on risk factors like genetics, women should begin getting annual mammograms between ages 40-50. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, mammograms should begin at an earlier age.

Blood Pressure Test – Women should have their blood pressure checked as early as 18 and repeat every other year. Checking your blood pressure is a good indicator of heart risk, which increases as we age, so if you haven’t checked it in a while, now is the time.

Cholesterol – Like blood pressure, women should start checking their blood cholesterol when they are younger and repeat every 5 years. A cholesterol test measures the amount of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL and “good” HDL cholesterol, circulating in the blood. Usually triglycerides (fats in the blood) are tested as well.

Colonoscopy – Known as the most accurate colon cancer screening, your first colonoscopy should take place at age 50. Many people may dread this certain procedure, but the good news is that it only needs to be done every 10 years. However, if you have risk factors, a family history or history of colon polyps, it’s best to schedule a colonoscopy more frequently.

Bone Density – Women are at a huge risk for developing osteoporosis, so a bone mineral density test is used as an indicator of bone strength and osteoporosis risk. Women should start at age 65, earlier if a woman has previous fragility fractures; a family history of osteoporosis; on medications that cause bone loss or have problems with calcium absorption.

heartPap smear and pelvic exam – both of these exams should start in your 20s or as soon as you become sexually active. They should continue into menopause since they check for cervical cancer (as long as you still have your cervix) and uterine and ovarian cancer (again, as long as you have not had these organs removed by hysterectomy).

Men

Blood Pressure – Heart disease is the number one killer of men, so it is important to have the proper screenings to see where you, and your heart, stand. Men should have their blood pressure checked every two years, unless it is on the high side then they should have it checked every year.

Cholesterol – Men over 35 should have cholesterol screening every five years as long as it is normal, unless you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or certain other conditions than you may need to be monitored more closely.

Osteoporosis – Like women, men are also at risk for osteoporosis, so they should start screening between the ages of 50-70.

Colonoscopy – Again it only needs to be done every 10 years, but it is important to start at age 50. If you have certain risk factors, you should have one done more often.

Prostate Cancer –Because prostate cancer screening has been controversial, men age 50 or older should discuss screening for prostate cancer with their physician. Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over 75. Men over 60 should especially pay attention and be screened as they have a higher risk. African-American men and those with a family history should start screening at age 45.

These screenings are an important step in taking control of your health and assessing any potential risks. Your overall health and wellness should be a top priority. I recommend having a routine physical every year with your trusted health care professional and discuss the preventive screenings that are right for you.

Carmella Sebastian, MD, MS, is board certified in internal medicine and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Dr. Carm, as she’s known, is a nationally renowned wellness educator with a special interest in women at mid-life and women’s health. Dr. Carm can be followed on Twitter – @Dr_Carm