The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.

 

In the Spotlight:  July is UV Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly curable; however, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. About 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Too much exposure to UV rays can change skin texture this cause the skin to age prematurely and UV has been linked directly to causing skin cancer.  Additionally, UV rays also have been linked to eye conditions such as cataracts.    Ultraviolet (UV) rays are invisible kinds of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps.   UV rays can penetrate and change skin cells. 

Ladies, do you get your nails done at the salon?  Did you know that UV is also now being used in gel manicures?

There are three types of UV rays:  ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC)

  • UVA is the most common kind it reaches beyond the top layer of human skin. Scientists believe that UVA rays can damage connective tissue and increase a person’s risk of skin cancer.

  • A large number of UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, making them less common at the earth’s surface than UVAs.    UVB rays don’t reach as far into the skin as UVA rays, however they can still be damaging.

  • UVC rays are very dangerous, but thankfully- they are absorbed by the ozone layer; they do not reach the ground.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.

Over 2 million people are diagnosed annually

Many people die of skin cancer every year

Sunburns are a high risk factor of skin cancer

 

Please protect yourself and your loved ones by being sun AWARE:

Avoid unprotected UV exposure – seek shade. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes.  Put on sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days.

Wear protective clothing: hat and sunglasses- Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.

Apply sunscreen generously and often – full spectrum UV protection sunscreen is best (A & B)- look for high SPF of 50+  Put on sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days.

Routinely check skin and report any changes-

Educate yourself and others-

 

FYI:  The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the continental United States and UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.

Enjoy the outdoors, safely.

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