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Hillside Family Medicine
& Occupational Medicine

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& Occupational Medicine

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Melanomas are Often Not on Moles

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Malignant melanomas are skin cancers that can spread rapidly through your body and kill you. For many years we have been told to watch existing moles for changes that may signal a melanoma, but a new review of 38 studies covering 20,126 melanomas shows that fewer than 30 percent of melanomas are found on moles (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, August 29, 2017). More than 70 percent of melanomas show up on previously normal skin. They may look like a new mole or may not even be easily visible. This new information means that you should check your skin often and have any change examined immediately by a dermatologist, in addition to your yearly or more frequent regular check-up.

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Check out the "3 Pediatric Care Tips for Back-to-School Season" article on Anchorage County NearSay!

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Should You Worry about Salt?

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Recent studies show that both taking in too little and too much salt can cause high blood pressure to increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes. Most North Americans can get all the salt they need without using a salt shaker because:
* The North American diet typically contains up to ten times the minimal daily salt requirement
* Food manufacturers add extra salt (and sugar) to most prepared foods just to make them taste better
* Meat, poultry and seafood are rich sources of salt
If you doubled or tripled your salt losses through sweating, you may still not be deficient because you probably take in far more salt than you need.

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May - National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Spring is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and that's why the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declared May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care so come in for education about these diseases and we can provide further testing if appropriate.

Also, check out our "Get Ahead of Allergies & Asthma With Your Doctor's Help" article on Anchorage County NearSay!

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Anchorage, Alaska 99507
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Thursday: 8AM–8PM
Friday: 8AM–4PM
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