Skin Health and Aging

  • Wrinkles, age spots, bruising and dryness are things your skin sees more of as it ages.
  • Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is sensitive to a variety of health and environmental factors.
  • Sun exposure is a primary cause of skin aging, as is smoking.
  • Skin cancer is the most serious of skin diseases. Because skin cancer is rarely painful it often goes undetected or unaddressed.
  • The “ABCDE’s” of skin cancer can be used to remind people of all ages what to be on the lookout for:
    • A: Asymmetry, where one side of a growth looks different from the other side.
    • B: Borders that are irregular.
    • C: Color changes within the growth, or more than one color within it.
    • D: Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser.
    • E: Evolving, or changing in size, shape, color or symptoms such as itching.
  • For seniors with mobility problems, bed sores can become a serious problem.

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