MARCH Newsletter 2015
The missing college lesson: Skin cancer prevention
College students, specifically student athletes, tend to spend a great deal of time outdoors. Although these are institutions of higher learning, one simple but important lesson seems to be missing. Last year, researchers evaluated 18-24 year old college athletes. They scored an average of less than 9 correct answers out of 24 questions about skin health and cancer protection. Only about one-third of those surveyed knew how frequently sunscreen should be applied, and just one out of five understood that increasing time spent outdoors increases the risk of skin cancer. Perhaps most alarmingly, over 80 percent actually believed that indoor tanning was beneficial to health.

This study highlights the importance of awareness about skin cancer and prevention, for college athletes as well as everyone else. If you haven’t had a cancer screening within the last 12 months, or if you are unsure about the best way to protect yourself, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.
Debunking skin tightening myths
Not too long ago, surgery was the only solution to excess or sagging skin. One of the greatest developments in aesthetic dermatology in recent years was the advent of nonsurgical skin tightening. There are several systems on the market, all of which are rooted in scientific knowledge of thermal skin reactions. Specifically, deep heating tissue can trigger collagen contraction, literally tightening the skin. However, the technique and technology are far from simple. Because they are relatively new techniques, only appearing in recent years, there are a number of myths and misunderstandings, including:

  • All skin tightening is the same – In reality, each technique has unique benefits. Even more importantly, any device can be ineffective, or possibly even risk burning, if not used correctly. Some people mistakenly believe that anyone can perform the procedure, but it is advisable to see your trusted dermatologist.
  • Skin tightening replaces other wrinkle treatments – Actually, a combination of procedures often archives the best results, because each one addresses a different aspect of aging and wrinkling skin.
  • It’s too soon for skin tightening – If your skin is sagging, wrinkling, and becoming noticeably lax, then you are likely a good candidate.
For more information, contact your dermatologist.
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What’s new at the practice?
It’s time to tie up your sneakers! Dr. Weaver and staff are inviting you to join us for the Lupus awareness 5k walk May 3 Sunday at 8 am. It will be held Downtown Houston on 530 Crawford St. Houston,TX 77002.

It is $35.00 to register. If you or anyone you know suffers from Lupus, then this cause will raise money for more research and the next step to a cure. Help our office raise awareness for the community. If you would like to join us, please click here to join and include your name, number, email and shirt size.

What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
  • Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone.
  • Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above.
  • Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.
  • Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
  • Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. The actual number may be higher; however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the U.S. living with lupus
  • Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too. Most people will develop lupus between the ages of 15-44.
  • Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
  • People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus
Call us on 281 712-2867 to join us on this worthy cause
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You are the most smartest, sweetest and most professional doctor that I have had the pleasure in knowing. Take good care and I plan to visit when I’m in town. Thanks for making me feel special and beautiful." ~ L. O’Connor

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