July 2019 - Summer Health
A Message from Your Hometown Health Manager
Are you consistently following the “8 x 8 Rule?” It is recommended that adults get eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. The “8 x 8 Rule” is an easy way to remember this water intake goal!  

Our  “Rethink Your Drink” wellness challenge has officially launched and will end on July 27! By choosing water instead of other drinks over the next 28 days, you’ll be well on your way to earning your Hometown Health Activity Reward, and enjoying a healthier, happier you.

Earn rewards when you:

  • Record whether or not you drank at least six glasses of water for 21 of 28 days.
  • Record “Yes” for at least 14 of those 28 days.
  • Log your progress by July 30.

Registration for this challenge period ends July 3.

If you have any questions about this wellness challenge or need assistance with your Hometown Health portal, please give our dedicated WebMD Customer Service a call at 855.667.2546 or email us at hometownhealth@flcities.com .

All the Best,

Gwen Mahabir
Skin Protection: Ways to Help Spot Skin Cancer
Want to take steps to help protect your skin? Taking a good look at your skin is a good place to start.

Do you see anything unusual? Any changes? 

Knowing how your skin normally looks is the first step to help spot a potential problem. And that’s a good thing. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Take a Good, Long Look
The key to a good skin check is thoroughness. Inspect your skin on a regular basis. Area by area, look at your:

  • Trunk — front, back and both sides
  • Face, neck, ears and scalp
  • Fingernails, palms, and upper and lower arms
  • Legs, buttocks and genital area
  • Feet, including toenails, soles and between the toes

Some areas, like the scalp, can be difficult to check by yourself. Use a handheld mirror for those hard-to-see areas — or ask a loved one to help you out.

Skin Self-Exams: Know Your ABCDEs
Do you know the ABCDEs of a skin cancer self-exam? It may help save your life.

One of your moles is changing. Or a new spot appears on your back.
Would you even notice? You might not — unless you keep an eye on your skin.

Why It Matters So Much
Of the 2 million or so skin cancers that occur every year, the vast majority are treatable varieties, mostly squamous or basal cell carcinomas. A third type — melanoma — isn’t as common. But it’s the most serious and deadly form.

Here’s the thing to remember about any skin cancer: The sooner you find it, the better. When caught early, it’s highly treatable — even if it’s melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Ready for a Selfie? Easy as A-B-C-D-E
To perform a skin self-exam, get in front of a mirror with good lighting. Examine your bare skin from head to toe. Use a hand-held mirror — or ask a partner — to help check hard-to-see places, including your backside and scalp.

Check all your skin spots, including moles — where melanoma often starts. You can use these ABCDE rules to help remember potential signs:

  • Asymmetry: One half of the mole looks different from the other half.
  • Border: The mole has jagged or other irregular edges.
  • Color: The mole has varying shades of tan, brown and black — and sometimes white, red or blue.
  • Diameter: The mole is wider than the eraser on a pencil (about 1/4 inch). Most melanomas are larger than this — but they may be smaller.
  • Evolving: The mole’s size, shape or color has changed.

What Are The Treatment & Prevention Options?
Lifestyle changes will not cure skin cancer once it exists.

You should regularly check your skin for changes and new growths to help detect cancer early. A thorough skin exam by your physician at your annual wellness exam should be performed. Any suspicious skin lesion (an abnormal growth or change to an area of the skin) should promptly be brought to the attention of your primary care doctor or dermatologist.

Staying out of the sun and lowering your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can help prevent skin cancer. Ways to do this include covering up when outdoors (hats, long-sleeve shirts, etc.), reducing the time you spend in the sun, scheduling outdoor activities to avoid the strongest daylight, avoiding tanning beds and lamps, and using sunscreens. Note that sunscreens are only part of a prevention program. They should not be used to increase the amount of time spent in the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends three strategies: sun avoidance, protective clothing, and broad-spectrum sunscreens (with an SPF of 30 or more).

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