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Moles and Melanoma: Do you know your Skin Cancer ABCDEs?

Mole examAs the weather heats up throughout August, sunscreen should be your best friend whether you’re on the beach, in the park, or just walking outside. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can do a great deal of damage to the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—develops when ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds triggers mutations that lead skin cells to rapidly multiply and form tumors.  Full blog post

by Atrius Health


Protecting Yourself from Poisonous Plants

poison ivyWelcome to what I call eczema season, the time of year when the air is colder and therefore holds less humidity. Additionally, the heat is turned up, causing the air in your home or office to be much drier. Both of these factors play a large role in the development of what some refer to as “winter itch.” Your skin gets depleted of its much needed moisture resulting in dry, flaking and itchy skin.   Full blog post

by Glen Blair, NP


Healthy Tips for a Fun, Safe Summer

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James

Most of us can appreciate and agree with this quote, especially now that summer is in full swing. The kids are out of school, the sun is shining, the days are longer and full of promise…maybe you’re even planning a summer vacation. By all means, get out there and enjoy your summer, but do it safely! To help you with that, we’ve summarized a few health tips and topics from our past blog posts.   Full blog post

by Atrius Health


Why Is My Skin So Itchy? It Could Be Eczema.

girl scratching eczemaWelcome to what I call eczema season, the time of year when the air is colder and therefore holds less humidity. Additionally, the heat is turned up, causing the air in your home or office to be much drier. Both of these factors play a large role in the development of what some refer to as “winter itch.” Your skin gets depleted of its much needed moisture resulting in dry, flaking and itchy skin.   Full blog post

by Glen Blair, NP


Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!Tips for a Safe Summer in the Sun

Melanoma Monday 2014 DisplaySkin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. This May, observe Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month by practicing “safe sun”! The American Cancer Society’s Slip! Slop! Slap!® and Wrap campaign slogan provides an easy way to remember the 4 key steps to sun protection.  Full blog post

by Dr. Laura Houk


Start looking for more than SPF on your sunscreen label!

boy with sunscreenUntil now, a product’s SPF (sun protection factor) was the only objective measure of its ability to protect against sunburn. SPF does not, however, provide any measure of protection against developing skin cancer, or of premature aging caused by the sun’s rays known as photoaging. Sun damage is caused by two types of radiation: ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB). UVB is important in causing sunburn. SPF is therefore a measure of how well a sunscreen product protects against UVB and sunburn.  Full blog post

by Dr. J. Suzanne Mosher


Fun in the Sun…the safe way

woman with sunscreenAfter seven months of rain and snow (and rain again), summer in New England is a thing to be cherished, and our time to soak up the sun! While we love the summer sun and the warmth and joy that it brings, it is also important to remember that too much sun exposure can be dangerous and that we must play safe in the sun. Full blog post

by Dr. J. Suzanne Mosher