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June 20, 2013

HEALTH: Is there such a thing as a healthy glow?

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• Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating.

• Perform regular self-checks of your skin to watch for any new skin growths or changes in existing moles, or spots. See your doctor to report any suspicious changes in mole size or appearance.

For more information about safety in the sun, join Kim Hilmer, F.N.P., at the next free Healthy Woman Seminar on Thursday, June 20. The seminar will be at Willow Park Baptist Church from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include vendors, light refreshments, and door prizes. To register for this seminar visit WeatherfordRegional.com/HealthyWoman or call Nadia Nazeer at 817-341-PINK(7465).

To learn more, visit WeatherfordRegional.com, choose the “Health Resources” tab and type “skin cancer” in the search box. You will find an assortment of videos and podcasts, health tips – and more.

About the author

Kim Hilmer is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Lone Star Family Care and a member of the allied medical staff at Weatherford Regional Medical Center.  She provides care for men, women, and children of all ages with more than 20 years experience in gastroenterology, hepatology, and emergency medicine. To book an appointment visit www.LoneStarPhysicians.com or call 817-489-7300.

Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information to facilitate conversations with their physician.

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/cancer, The Skin Cancer Foundation, www.skincancer.org, The National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov.

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