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Melanoma is type of skin cancer presenting as pink, white, or brownish skin spots with potential of spreading to other parts of the body. According to The American Cancer Society, melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. People with fair skin, moles, weakened immune system, family history of cancer, and exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light are more susceptible to melanoma, with UV being the greatest risk factor. Early detection and interventions are key in cancer control and prevention, with drug treatments proving effective in fighting melanoma.

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Maintaining a state of balance is fundamental to health, wellness, and wellbeing. True, consuming nutritious foods, getting adequate sleep, and exercise are essential to health, yet it’s just as important to engage in activities that nourish the mind and soul. Creating a meaningful life looks different for each individual, involving lifestyle preferences and other influential factors. However, we can all benefit from a healthy state of mind, body, and soul. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outlines central aspects of physical and mental wellbeing in the Components of Productive Health and Well-being model noting, “Self-care includes all the choices you make on a daily basis that affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health. In fact, how you take care of yourself will have a greater impact on your health and well-being than the medical care you receive.”

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Monitoring blood sugar levels, carbohydrate intake, and medications are daily tasks for most diabetics. Keeping track of food intake and adhering to drug doses can be challenging to maintain on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, technology and medicine combine to support diabetic health! Applications or “Apps” are available for download on most electronic devices, helping organize valuable data like meals, blood sugar readings, medication times, and lots more! App technology allows for storing and easy accessibility of health information beneficial in the management of diabetes. WebMD comments on app technology stating, “Applications -- or "apps" -- can help you with nutrition advice, carb counting, tracking blood sugar levels, medication alerts and managing kids with diabetes.” Discover which apps best accommodate your lifestyle and health needs!

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Planning and preparation for the event of a natural disaster is a priority! Most people live in areas affected by some form of extreme weather condition like hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, earthquakes, volcanos, floods, blizzards, tsunamis, wild fires, and others. Natural disasters aren’t always predictable, and even when expected they can be more devastating than anticipated. Taking safety precautions for extreme weather conditions provides security and an action plan in the event you’re faced with natural disasters.

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Most of us are familiar with the importance of consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. It sure is healthy and nutritious! Yet, are you familiar with properties that make fruits and veggies a must in your diet? No one fruit or vegetable contains all essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy living. Essential vitamins and minerals are obtained through the consumption of nutritious foods. Try being adventurous, adding tasty and colorful fruits and veggies to your meals! Nature offers a variety of foods with nutritional properties waiting to be discovered.

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