Kira joined Mercy Medical Health Services in 1994. She received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Iowa State University and her master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Texas.
She is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Kira's responsibilities include: overseeing results-oriented wellness programs at various Siouxland businesses, providing support to the onsite occupational health nurses and coordinating onsite occupational health testing.
Email KIra at email@example.com
cancer is increasing in Siouxland and across the nation. It is
important to protect yourself from sun exposure, the major risk factor
for skin cancer. On average 60,000 persons will be diagnosed with
melanoma and nearly 8,000 will die from the disease this year. Another
one million cases of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
will be diagnosed. Melanoma is the most dangerous of these.
An estimated 90% of all skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
or ultraviolet (UV) lights such as tanning booths. Weather a tan is
achieved in a tanning booth or by a pool, the UV dose adds to the total
lifetime accumulation of UV and to the risk of skin cancer.
• About 80% of the new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma, 16% are squamous cell carcinoma, and 4% are melanoma.
• Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma have a better than 95% cure rate if detected and treated early.
• Limit direct sun exposure during midday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
• Cover Up – wear protective clothing.
• Wear a hat or cap.
• Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Use generous amount and apply 30 minutes before going out, even on cloudy days. Reapply after swimming or perspiring.
• Wear sunglasses that block UV rays. Cataracts are associated with UV exposure.
• Check your skin regularly.
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