According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, there are about 5.4 million new cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers diagnosed each year in about 3.3 million Americans – of these, nearly 79,000 will be deadly melanoma cases. In fact, Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is declared National “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage awareness of skin cancer risks and the preventive measure that everyone should take to prevent skin cancer.
“During the summer months, the Queenstown Emergency Department gets a lot of business — all of it avoidable – that started with overexposure to the sun,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, Emergency Services in Queenstown and Chestertown. “Sun poisoning, dehydration, heat stroke are not uncommon for those who don’t take proper precautions, especially when on the beach or out on the water. This time of year, people need to be extra careful about drinking plenty of water and avoiding too much sun exposure.”
What You Need to Know: Sun Protection Facts
- No matter if your skin is light or dark – you are at risk.
- When skin cancer is found early it can be treated more easily
- Just ONE burn increases your risk to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
- Avoid exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
- If you work outside try to wear long sleeves, long pants and a hat that shades your face, ears and neck.
- Wear sunglasses with UV filter to protect your eyes.
- Use a sunscreen labelled Broad Spectrum SPF #30 (Sun Protection Factor) or higher that filters UVA & UVB rays.
- Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. (For good protection you must reapply every two hours especially after swimming or excessive sweating.)
- Examine your skin once a month – head to toe.
- Look for changes – a spot that won’t heal, or crusts, or bleeds, and for any skin growth – change in color, size , texture , thickness , irregular border or outline.
- See your doctor for a complete skin screening yearly.
- Teach your children to protect their skin.
- DO NOT Burn.
- DO NOT use tanning beds or UB tanning beds.
- DO NOT spend long periods of time in the sun.
- Remember the phrase “Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap” – SLIP on a shirt and pants -SLOP on sunscreen, SPF#30 or higher – SLAP on a wide-brimmed hat – WRAP on sunglasses.
Overdue for a skin cancer screening? A free screening is set for Thursday, June 14, 5:30 to 8 pm at Shore Dermatology, 100 Bramble Street, Suite 1. Preregistration is required; to make an appointment, call 410-820-6800.
Connie Travers is retiring on May 25, 2018 after 20 years of dedication and service to Shore Regional Health! Stop by the Plant Operations office to wish her well.
Gary Bigelow and Linda Short are retiring on June 1, 2018.
The Annual education window is open in UMMS U. Access your education through HR Connections (no extra password needed since you are logging in through a secure access point).
- Once on the HR Connections page, look for the UMMS U link in the center of the page. There are demos there to help you navigate, as well as the “My Training” tab to get you started on your journey to complete your required annual education.
- The window closes on July 1, 2018. All staff must complete the mandatory education requirements by the deadline!
- If you have problems or questions, contact Kathy Freund, ext. 5936.
Employee Health Annual Requirements
The following departments are required to complete their Employee Health requirements:
Month of June
- Cambridge – 2-East & ICU
- Chestertown – Acute Care & ICU
- Easton – 2East, 3East, Joint Center, Neuro, Telemetry & ICU
The requirements include: Respiratory mask fit, TB questionnaire & TDAP updating
ATTENTION: There are still some team members from other departments whose Annual Education Requirements are due in the month of May. If you are unsure, contact Employee Health at ext. 5549 for guidance.
If not completed during the allotted month, you will be taken off of the schedule at the end of the month until the requirements have been satisfied.
Team members of Shore Regional Health’s Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation are planning the Center’s 10th anniversary celebration set for Wednesday, June 20, 2-4:30 p.m. in the Requard Center Dining Room (5th floor, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton).
According to Teresa Blem, director, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services, the occasion will celebrate Requard’s 10 years of service providing rehabilitative care to approximately 600 patients every year, and also the Center’s recent achievement of re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
“The occasion will be an open house-style event and we are inviting former Requard patients as well as our colleagues and co-workers to come by to celebrate with us,” says Blem. “Any team member, volunteer or community member who knows of a former Requard patient who might like to attend is encouraged to get in touch with me, ext. 2104, or Erin Scheele, ext. 2516, so we can reach out to him or her to extend an invitation.”
The Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health has announced a series of special programs that provide information and support for patients dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment and their family members and/or caretakers. According to Patti Plaskon, oncology social worker at the Cancer Center, these program are designed to expand the Center’s outreach in the wider community and encourage patients and their loved ones to take advantage of educational and support services.
Upcoming programs during June are as follows:
- Caregiver’s Coffee – Saturday, June 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Cancer Center, Easton. Open to family members, friends and others providing care and support for a patient dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Topics of discussion include financial concerns, community resources, stress management, self-care and much more. RSVP: Patty Plaskon, 410-820-6800, ext. 5361.
- US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, June 12, Cancer Center, Easton. Presenter: Andrew Riggin, MD, UM Community Medical Group – Urology. Open to men with prostate cancer and their partners. RSVP to Sharon Richter, 443-994-5792.
- Presentation: Sleep Disturbance – How to Deal with this Common Cancer Side Effect – Wednesday, June 13, 4 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. When is it fatigue and when is it lack of quality or amount of sleep? And, what can be done about it? Sleep disturbances are important to treat as they can worsen cancer fatigue and “chemo brain.” Presenters: Michele Williams, nurse practitioner, UM CMG-Pulmonology and Patty Plaskon, PhD, OSW-C. RSVP: 410-820-6800
- Look Good, Feel Better – Monday, June 18, 10am – 12 noon, Cancer Center, Easton. Hair, skin and nail rehab before, during after chemotherapy. Presented by Kim Hardesty, ACS Volunteer Beauty Consultant. RSVP to Teri Dulin, 410-820-6800.
- Presentation: Anyone Else Need to go to the Ladies Room? – Wednesday, June 20, 6 pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Q & A discussion presented by AquaCare pelvic floor specialist, Jane Franczak, PT, MSPT, WCS addressing urinary issues that occur as women age as well as those related to hormonal treatment and chemotherapy (frequency, urgency, leakage, or pelvic discomfort). Call 410-820-6800 to RSVP.According to Plaskon, programs planned for summer and fall will focus on a variety of topics, including medical marijuana, sexual activity during and after cancer, advance planning, nonprescription approaches to pain, neuropathy, managing the cost of care, “chemo brain” and clinical trials.
Information about cancer programs and services may be obtained by calling 410-820-6800.
The popular “$6 Sale” offered by K & J Marketing will be held this week, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the main lobby at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The event is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Dorchester General Hospital for the benefit of patient care at the hospital.
On Thursday, June 14, 7 a,m. to 4 p.m., bring your $6 (or multiples thereof!) to the UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center. This sale is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton for the benefit of patient care programs and services.
What can you shop for? Browse hundreds of items — jewelry, scarves, socks, hats, kids’ items, purses and more — all priced at just $6. Payment by payroll deduction is offered for UM Shore Regional Health employees.
The 10th annual David Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament, held at the River Marsh Golf Club in Cambridge on May 14, benefited programs and patients of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.
Founded by Gary and Janet Wright 10 years ago after Janet’s brother, David Whitby, died from prostate cancer, the tournament is an important source of funding for prostate cancer awareness and screening programs as well as patient care. Brian Leutner, executive director, Oncology Services, describes the value of the tournament proceeds as immensely important.
“The tournament proceeds have funded our prostate screening events that are offered every year in September where we partner with the local urologists,” says Leutner. “These funds benefit our UM SRH ‘US TOO’ prostate cancer support group, which features guest speakers who are experts on the latest clinical trials, treatment protocols and strategies for managing prostate cancer and the effects of treatment. The David Whitby Memorial Fund at UM Memorial Hospital Foundation also has supported recent technology upgrades allowing for more precise treatments for our prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. The entire staff of our Shore Regional Cancer Program would like to thank the Wrights, the tournament committee and Memorial Hospital Foundation for their continued support of our prostate cancer patients in our community.”
Adds F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy for UM SRH, “Cancer of the prostate is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in men in the United States. The funds raised by those who organize and participate in the Whitby Tournament over the years have helped to purchase equipment, provide screenings and ultimately to save lives.”
To support the David Whitby Memorial Prostate Cancer Fund, please call 410-822-1000, extension 5763.