Earlier this year we told you about Central Michigan University’s plan to provide mobile health care to Michigan. Read more
Since the rollout of the Federal Affordable Care Act, Michigan residents have new health options to explore. Read more
Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.
The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Read more
Central Michigan seniors are getting a chance to prove they still got it thanks to several local Commissions on Aging. Read more
But health officials share skin cancer warnings with residents and urge caution when outside and inside.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says that indoor and outdoor tanning come with a serious risk.
“Part of the reason that we want to make sure people are protecting themselves early in life from tanning from UV ray exposure in general is because it does lead to cancer,” Minicuci said, “Science has proven that. And there are things that we need to address and some myths we need to dispel so that people do understand that this is a risk. It is an injury that you are doing to your body and it does increase your risk of potentially getting this very serious form of cancer.”
Minicuci says one myth is that a base tan equals skin protection. But she says a base tan only provides an spf of about 3 which is not very helpful.
She said it doesn’t matter if you are tanning indoors or out, the risk of deadly skin cancer is still present, especially for youth.
“Indoor tanning has different risks than outdoor natural sunlight,” Minicuci said, “And recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with more stringent requirements regarding sunlamp products because of the risk that they pose especially to minors – so people who are young.”
Minicuci’s advice is to cover up and use sunscreen when outside.
According to the CDC’s latest data, over 61,000 people had skin cancer in 2010 and over 9,000 died from Melanoma cancer.
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Michigan’s Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
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A new report confirms what some people may have suspected; excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death. Read more
Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.