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June 23, 2016

Zika Virus

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus is spreading and with it concern for the public’s health. Zika was discovered in the 1950s and for many decades outbreaks were small and sporadic. The first large outbreak of disease was not reported until 2007 when there was a rise in cases on the Island of Yap. Fast forward to 2016 and the scenario has changed dramatically. Today, WHO states that 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito borne transmissions of the virus; the most serious outbreak occurring in Brazil. The CDC indicates that the Zika virus will continue to spread. Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae.aegypti or Ae. Albopictus). This species is aggressive and primarily a daytime biter but can also bite at night. The Ae. Aegypti is the mosquito that most efficiently transmits the Zika virus. At this point in time, the Ae. Aegypti is found in the Deep South and Southwest United States. The Ae. Albopictus mosquito on the other hand is more prevalent. Its territory extends to portions of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic including the New York City and surrounding areas. According to the NY Department of Health, it is not clear if the albopictus is transmitting the virus to humans. Basically this means, we know for sure Ae. Aegypti is the more efficient vector (transmitter) and that type of mosquito does live in the southern regions of the U.S. We don’t know if albopictus will do the same – it may since it has been implicated in other virus outbreaks such as a recent Dengue outbreak in Hawaii. All that being said, it is very important to note that there have been zero cases of locally acquired mosquito borne cases in the U.S. All 755 U.S. cases to date have been travel associated cases. The NY Department of Health states “In the U.S., no mosquitos have yet been found carrying the virus. The only cases in the U.S. are in people who got the virus while traveling to Zika affected areas or through sexual transmission from someone who traveled there.” As noted, Zika spreads when a mosquito bites an infected person. That mosquito can then spread the virus by biting more people. There are three other ways Zika can spread: 1) during sex with a man infected with Zika; 2) from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth; or 3) through blood transfusion (likely but not yet confirmed by the CDC). The good news is that for the vast majority of people, the virus is mild. In fact, the CDC reports that many won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other symptoms may include muscle pain or headache. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. Overall, the symptoms and effects are mild for the majority of people; however, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. The biggest concern regarding Zika is its effect on fetuses. Contracting the virus during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly which translates to ‘small head’. The baby’s brain does not grow at the expected rate during pregnancy and as a result major defects can occur. Microcephaly has been linked with the following problems: seizures, developmental delays, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, feeding problems, hearing loss, or vision problems. For this reason, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant and their partners need to exercise extra caution to avoid the virus. In addition to the effect on fetuses, Zika is also causing Guillain-Barre syndrome in a small number of people. In Guillain-Barre syndrome, the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system causing muscle weakness and loss of sensation in the legs and/or arms. For some people, these symptoms can lead to paralysis of the legs, arms, chest, or facial muscles. At this point, only 3 cases of Zika related Guillain-Barre syndrome have been identified in the U.S. Once again, those cases were not contracted by mosquito bites here in the U.S. The best way to prevent Zika as well as other mosquito bite transmitted viruses such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. The New York Department of Health and the CDC offer the following advice: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitos outside. Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items. Use EPA registered insect repellents. Follow directions carefully and never use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old. Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites. Sleep under a mosquito net if air conditioning or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors. Prevent sexual transmission of Zika by using condoms or abstaining from sex. Reduce the mosquito population near your home by reducing or eliminating standing water and debris. Dispose of cans, containers, pots or other water holding containers. Dispose of used tires which are a significant breeding ground for mosquitos. Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use. Change water in birdbaths twice weekly. Clean and chlorinate pools and hot tubs on a regular basis. Drain water from pool covers. Pregnant women should not travel to Zika areas. If you must travel, take extra precautions. For more information about travel advisories or what to do if you believe you have the Zika virus, visit the following websites: New York Department of Health – The NY Department of Health also has a toll free line for Zika questions - 1-888-364-4723. CDC - World Health Organization - Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

June 17, 2016

Bicycle Safety

One of my fondest memories of childhood was riding my bicycle. That purple banana seat bike outfitted with a white flower power basket and handle bar streamers gave me a sense of independence and adventure. I could visit friends on my own, bike over to grandpa’s house on the lake, or go for miles on a dirt road in search of critters and treasures. More than a few times, I took a spill and was fortunate to get by with only a scraped knee. Unfortunately, many people are not so lucky. In 2013 in the U.S., there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries. According to the CDC, children (5-14 years), adolescents, and young adults (15-24 years) have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries, accounting for more than one-third of all bicycle-related injuries seen in U.S. emergency departments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that males are at particular risk. 88% of the bicyclists killed and 80% of those injured are male. Teaching bicycle safety at a young age is an important first step toward lowering those statistics. Bicycle safety falls into four big categories: helmet and clothing, bike mechanics, control, and rules of the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and offer the following tips: Helmet and Clothing Wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride, even in your driveway. Helmets provide some protection for your face, head, and brain in case you fall down. The U.S. government requires all helmets to meet safety standards. All helmets should have a sticker from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) indicating it meets the standards. Helmets should fit properly and straps should be fastened snugly. It should be worn level and cover your forehead. (for complete fitting information, visit Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension at Wear neon, fluorescent, or bright colors during the day, dusk, dawn, or night. Wear something reflective – tape, markings on shoes/shirts/pants, or flashing lights. Wear sneakers when biking. Never ride barefoot or in sandals. Avoid wearing anything that can get caught in the chain such as loose pant legs, backpack straps, or loose shoes laces. DO NOT wear headphones or earbuds. It is against NYS law and it is dangerous. You must be able to hear everything in your surroundings including cars, trucks, dogs, and people. Bike Mechanics Get the right size bike – when you are on your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar of your bike so that both feet are flat on the ground. There should be 1 to 3 inches of space between you and the top bar if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. Make sure your seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg if fully extended. The handle bar should be at the same height with the seat. Oil the bike chain regularly. Check the brakes and make sure they are not sticking. Check the tires and make sure they have enough air. Control of Your Bike Always ride with your hands on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in the bicycle basket or in a backpack. Stay alert for wet leaves, big puddles, potholes, storm grates, gravel and rocks, curbs, trash, pets, and wild animals. If you see any of these hazards, slow down and point them out to anyone else riding with you. Avoid riding at night if at all possible. If you must be out, be sure you and the bicycle are outfitted with reflective tape and flashing lights. (48% of bicycle fatalities occur between 4 p.m. and midnight.) Never ride a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (24% of bicyclists killed had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 g/dL or higher) Rules of the Road Go with the traffic flow. Ride on the right, in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it. Learn hand signals and use them. Obey all traffic laws. Bicyclists must obey all the same traffic signs, signals, and lane markings as vehicles. Always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving your driveway, an alley, or curb. Look left-right-left before entering a road. Cross at intersections. If it is a busy road, walk your bike across the street at the cross walk. Do not pull out between parked cars; drivers will not see you coming. Ride in straight, predictable lines; look over your shoulder for traffic, and use hand signals before changing lane position. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying, “excuse me” or “passing on your left” or use a bell or horn. Use bike lanes or designated bike routes whenever you can. Ride single file on the street with friends. For more information about bicycle safety, check out these websites: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at KidsHealth at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County at New York State bicycle laws at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

June 9, 2016

Water Safety

Upstate New York is absolutely beautiful in the summer - rolling fields with crops, lush green wooded hills, and water, water everywhere. Lakes, streams, ponds, and pools are in abundance. With the warmer temperatures, folks will be fishing, kayaking, swimming, and splashing and as such, it is a good time to review water safety rules. The importance of water safety cannot be overstated. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 14, accounting for 30% of all preventable deaths in this age group. And according to the National Safety Council, this elevated risk continues through the early teen years accounting for 14% of all preventable deaths for children ages 5 to 14. Knowing the safety rules for all bodies of water including pails, kiddie pools, and bathtubs is good start to keeping children safe year round. June is National Safety Month and as part of its Safe for Life campaign, the National Safety Council offers the following advice for water safety: Protect Your Children • Be attentive when your children are near water. Teach children never to go near or into water alone – an adult should always be present. Designate an adult (or two) to be a “water watcher” and actively supervise children who are swimming. Drowning can happen silently, in seconds, and in just an inch of water. • Stay nearby. When infants and toddlers are in the water, adults should never be more than an arm’s length away. Gather all items you need before starting a child’s bath. And at pools, even though there may be a lifeguard, it is important to watch over older children as well. • Get a good life jacket. Traditional pool floats, like water wings, inner tubes and pool noodles, aren’t designed to keep kids safe. Use a life jacket approved by the Coast Guard to be safer. • Know what to do in an emergency. Make sure that you and anyone who takes care of your children are trained in CPR, so you’ll all be ready if there’s ever a need. Learn to Swim • Start your baby out early. You can introduce your little one to the water as early as 6 months old. • Sign your children up for swimming lessons. Formal lessons can help reduce the risk of drowning, especially for kids ages 1 to 4. • Make sure your child knows the basics. Everyone should learn how to float and tread water, and should also know how to figure out how deep the water is. • Teach kids the differences between swimming in a pool and swimming in open water. Pools or areas specifically set up for swimming are best for young swimmers. Open water in the ocean, creek or other bodies of water can have uneven surfaces, larger waves and strong currents that can make swimming more difficult. • Keep children out of a hot tub or spa until they can stand on the bottom with their heads above the water. They should also not use the hot tub or spa longer than 5 minutes at a time, especially at the maximum temperature of 104 degrees. Follow Pool Rules • Teach children to get into the pool feet first unless they know for sure that it is more than 9 feet deep. Only then is it safe to dive, and only when an adult is watching them. • Stop horseplay around the pool. Don’t let your kids run or ride bikes near the edge of the pool. • Don’t let kids eat, drink or chew gum in the pool. They might end up choking. For more on choking hazards visit • Teach children to never use a pool, hot tub or spa that’s missing a drain cover. They should let a parent or lifeguard know if a drain cover is broken, loose or missing, and avoid the water until the cover has been fixed. For Children and Parents • Always watch your child while he or she is bathing, swimming or around water. • Gather everything needed (towel, bath toys, sunscreen) before the child enters the water; if you must leave the area, take the child with you. • Empty all buckets, bathtubs and kiddie pools of water immediately after use and store them upside down and out of your child’s reach. • Install a 5-foot-tall fence with self-closing gate latches around your pool or hot tub. • Consider installing door alarms to alert adults when a child has unexpectedly opened a door leading to a pool or hot tub. • Keep a phone and life preserver near the pool or hot tub in case of emergency. Just be sure to keep your focus on your children if the phone rings. The call can wait! For more information on water safety, visit the National Safety Council at or the Red Cross at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

June 8, 2016

Noyes Health Auxiliary Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

The Noyes Health Auxiliary celebrated the awarding of their annual high school scholarships at the Auxiliary’s spring dinner on Tuesday, April 26th at Noyes Health in Dansville. Students that have been awarded scholarships and their families were invited to attend the dinner. This year the Auxiliary awarded three high school scholarships to local students: Melissa Kirsop, Perry Central School District, received a $2,000 award. Melissa’s desired career choice is to be an Orthodontist. Her career choice was selected while attending the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Health Careers Academy. She plans to attend SUNY Geneseo in the fall. Melissa wants to help people of all ages smile proudly. Jacob Mesi, Avon Central School District, received a $2,000 award. Jacob’s desired career choice is to be a Neurosurgeon. He plans on attending the University of Rochester in the fall. Jacob’s goal is to improve the lives of those with diseases or conditions in the brain. Alexis Rudesil, Hornell Central School District, received a $1,000 award. Alexis’ desired career choice is Oncology and/or Prosthetics Design. She plans on attending Alfred State College and transferring at a later date to RIT. Alexis believes she was born to find a cure for cancer. “The Auxiliary received many excellent scholarship applications this year, and wants to wish success, in their chosen field, to all of the students who applied,” said Noyes Health Auxiliary President Gerri Long. For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323. ... Read More

June 8, 2016

Noyes Health Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Noyes Health commitment to quality stroke care Noyes Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Silver Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months. Noyes Health earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Noyes Health Stroke Coordinator, Patricia Derowitsch. “Noyes Health continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.” Noyes Health has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. “The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Noyes Health for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.” According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. ### Noyes Health is a diverse and comprehensive healthcare system which includes Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, a 67-bed facility in Dansville, New York, Noyes Health Services in Geneseo, New York, Noyes Kidney and Dialysis Center in Geneseo and Noyes Mental Health Services in Dansville. Noyes Health is accredited by the Joint Commission and serves all of Livingston County and parts of Steuben, Allegany and Ontario Counties. Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital is a community hospital and the only Emergency Department in Livingston County, located right off Interstate 390 Exit 4. For more information about Noyes Health visit our website at About Get With The Guidelines® Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323. ... Read More

June 6, 2016

4H Club Donation to Cancer Center

The Scottsburg Highlanders 4H Club, led by Linda Carney and Ann Davis, along with leadership from Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, including Director Bo Freeman, turned out in numbers Friday, June 3rd for the 4Her's donation check presentation to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center project. Accepting the check on behalf of Noyes Health were Foundation Chairman Jon Shay, Noyes Health Director of P.T., Diagnostic Imaging, Mental Health and Laboratory, Michael Donegan, and Noyes Health Foundation Director Cynthia Oswald. The Club has raised over $500 by selling photo postcards of Livingston County this past year. The photos were taken by the young people and their photography instructor Bob Oswald, Light Bandit Photography. The Club will continue to sell postcards at their booth at the Hemlock Fair next month. This is also the group of young people that is spearheading the Caring Capes project for cancer patients. Caring Capes are easy to make bright, colorful, fleece capes that will be given out to patients receiving radiation therapy when the new Cancer Center in Dansville opens. The public is encouraged to donate completed Caring Capes or make a financial donation to the program. For more information call Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Youth Team Coordinator, Mark Wittmeyer, at 585-991-5420.Thank you to all our 4H friends for your generous donation and your ongoing support of Noyes Health! For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 31, 2016

Road Trip Snacking

My family is headed out on a road trip in a few weeks and as is tradition in the Wichtowski household, mama will pack the snack bag. Finding the right balance between fun and healthy foods is the key to keeping the troops happy. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a road trip if all I had to offer the family was twigs and berries. That being said, junk food full of salt and sugars but void of any nutrition is the perfect combo-pack for sugar highs followed by my tummy is empty and so is my brain lows. With a little planning, you can save money, keep the family happy, and feel good about the food provided. A week before your trip, ask your family members what they would like for snacks and then involve them in putting together the goodies. This is a great opportunity to fit in a little nutrition education in the context of everyday living. Studies show that children who are involved in the planning and prepping process are more likely to eat healthy foods. Depending on the age of the children in the household, it may make sense to package individually sized portions. In addition, you can reduce litter in the car and in the landfill by storing snacks in re-usable plastic containers. If you will be traveling all day before reaching your destination, consider packing a healthy lunch to save on time, money, and calories. And finally, before you head out, make sure everyone in the family takes time to eat a healthy breakfast. To make snacks and lunch easy, pack a variety of nutrition packed foods that can be eaten without utensils or just a spoon. Before hitting the grocery store, consider the balance of snack bag foods. You want some healthy carbs, fruits and veggies, protein, and drinks. Finally, throw in a little bit of fun! When you are ready to load, pack a bag for the non-perishables and a cooler for the perishables. Here are some suggestions to stock your car for this summer’s road trip: Healthy Carbs Homemade popcorn (leave it unbuttered for the sake of your upholstery) Whole wheat crackers Whole wheat mini pitas Whole wheat bread or bagels Energy or granola bars – look for ones with whole grains and limited added sugar Fruits and Veggies Apples Bananas Grapes Clementines or pre-cut orange slices Baby carrots or carrot sticks Celery sticks Cucumber slices Sugar snap peas Grape or cherry tomatoes Apple sauce – individual containers – no added sugar Dried fruit – raisin, craisins, apricots, apples Protein Hummus – store bought or homemade – serve with pitas, crackers, or veggies Cheese – string, cubed, or sliced Peanut butter – individual size containers for celery sticks, apple slices, or crackers Hard boiled eggs Nuts and seeds – almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds Lean meats for sandwiches or to top crackers Drinks Water bottles for everyone – Freezing the water bottles the night before is a great trick for keeping the water cold and the slow melt keeps kiddos from gulping down all the water at once. Low sugar juice boxes or low-fat, soy, or almond milk for lunch time Caffeine drinks as needed for the drivers! Something Fun A bit of chocolate (small individual pieces instead of large candy bars - keep it in the cooler –take it from me, melted chocolate, white shorts, and car upholstery do not mix!) Gum (if the child is old enough) Trail mix – make it with the children ahead of time- pop in a few chocolate chips amongst the nuts and dried fruits Even with planning, some fast food stops may be inevitable. If you find yourself at one of these highway stops, consider these healthy fast food options: Salad – light on the dressing Choose a side of fruit or baked potato instead of fries Ditch the bun and skip the mayo – save calories and fat by eating only half the bun and using mustard instead of mayo Choose grilled chicken over a burger or fried chicken Load up with veggies at the sub shop – choose a lean meat and then load on as many veggies as you like Drink milk or water instead of soda Have fun this summer – enjoy the journey and as always, be healthy out there! Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

May 31, 2016

Dogwood Parade

Noyes Health is proud to have won 3rd place in this year’s Dansville Dogwood Festival Parade, themed, “50 Years, Then and Now”. “Thank you to the 2016 Float Committee, and the employees who came and helped decorate the float and then ride along in the parade,” said Ashley Derrenbacher, office coordinator for Noyes Health’s Community Outreach Services and this year’s Float Committee chairperson. Dr. Frame and Dr. Roque were special guests on the float and people along the parade route were very surprised and happy to see them! Noyes Health is pleased to have employees, past and present, that are involved with the community and volunteer their time in efforts such as the annual Dansville Dogwood Festival. For more information visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of PR/Foundation or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 31, 2016

Hindle Funeral Home Celebrates Fifty Years of Service With Donation to Cancer Center

As a celebration of fifty years of service to the Dansville area the Hindle Funeral Home Inc. has made a charitable donation in the amount of $5,000 to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, at Noyes Memorial Hospital. “We do this in the name of all of the families we have served since 1966”, said owner, Carl Hindle, “Lisa, Christian, and I want to personally thank all the families that made this donation possible by placing their trust in us to serve them”. The Hindle Funeral Home was founded in 1946 by Theodore E. Baird. In 1966 Charles E. and JoAnn Hindle purchased the business from the late Ted and Walter E. (Gene) Baird. Edward and his wife JoAnn operated the funeral home until their retirement in 1995. Carl and Lisa Hindle then took over ownership of the business and continue to run it today with their son a third generation funeral director, Christian E. Hindle. The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center is a collaboration of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology, along with Noyes Health. The Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and provide patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. It will serve as a hub for oncology services, and it includes a medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Allegany County, and a UR Medicine Radiation Oncology clinic in Hornell, Steuben County. Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers, the regional cancer center at Noyes is expected to be completed in early 2017. The $5.8 million project will feature a 4,500 square foot lower level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs in renovated and new first-floor space. “We are thrilled with this generous donation from the Hindle family and encourage other local businesses to support the Cancer Center project,” said Noyes Health Foundation Director, Cynthia Oswald. “We are currently kicking off our local business fundraising campaign and can’t thank Hindle Funeral Home, Inc. enough for leading the way with their support”. For more information on how to make a donation visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page #AnnandCarlMyersCancerCenter, or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director, at or 585-335-4323.... Read More

May 26, 2016

Sunscreen Smarts

Back in the early 1980s, a suntan lotion company advertised its product as “the deepest, darkest tan - the savage tan.” The accompanying photo was of a white woman with a very, dark (fake) tan standing next to a tiger – all meant to be very exotic and attractive. Besides what some folks would consider its political incorrectness, the ad also encouraged vast amounts of time in the sun. Fast forward 30 plus years and we are much more aware of the dangers of too much time in the sun. The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), anyone can develop skin cancer regardless of age, gender, or race. 5 million U.S. residents were treated for skin cancer last year. Furthermore, the CDC reports that nearly 9,000 Americans die each year from melanoma. Most cases of melanoma are caused by exposure to the sun. So while it is great to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, it is important to protect your skin from the harmful rays. The best way to do this is with clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You can protect yourself by purchasing the correct sunscreen, applying it properly, and being diligent daily as you venture outside. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following: broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher and water resistance. (At this point, there is no scientific evidence that a SPF higher than 50 is any more effective than a SPF of 50. Purchasing a SPF of 30 or 50 will work.) You should use sunscreen every day if you will be outside. And because the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round, apply sunscreen even on cloudy days when up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin. Remember, snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays. When applying sunscreen, use enough to generously coat all exposed skin. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen. Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. The AAD suggests following the shot glass guideline. One ounce which is about a shot glass full is the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of an average size body. Adjust this amount depending on your body size. Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors and reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget your lips with a SPF 30 or higher lip balm or lipstick. Sunscreens help protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. In addition to wearing sunscreen, dermatologists at the AAD recommend taking the following steps to protect your skin and find skin cancer early: Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible. Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, you may wish to use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it. Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, itching or bleeding on your skin, see a board-certified dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. For more information on skin cancer, sunscreens, and protection visit the American Academy of Dermatology website at or the CDC’s site at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More