Archive for July 20th, 2010

African Americans and Hispanics Run A Higher Risk of Dying From Skin Cancer

According to recent studies, African Americans and Hispanics are often less likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer in its early stages and need to get themselves checked as often as possible to avoid the cancer spreading. One recent study of 41,072 melanoma patients in Florida found advanced cases in 12 percent of Caucasians, 18 percent of Hispanics, and 26 percent of African Americans. “There is a fairly common misconception among African American sand Hispanics that we do not get skin cancer,” explains dermatologist Marcy Street, M.D. “Because light-skinned and light-eyed individuals are mentioned constantly, minority groups often surmise that the information somehow doesn’t apply to us because we don’t commonly burn or have warning signs of having had too much sun. Everyone, regardless of ethnicity, needs to get checked and often, especially if there is an abnormality.”

So remember to remind your clients of all ethnicities to get screened for skin cancer often, to keep their eyes out for any changes in moles, rashes, or skin discolorations, and to wear sun protection daily.

Time to Vote for the American Spa Professional’s Choice Awards!

What’s your favorite spa that opened this year? In your opinion, has anybody moved up in the ranks or emerged as this year’s favorite spa consultant? Have you sampled some amazing spa cuisine in 2010?

It’s time to tell us about the best things you came across in the industry this year. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts for our annual Professional’s Choice Awards—click here. The polls are open through September 22nd and the results will be featured in the December issue of the magazine. To thank you for your time, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a $500 American Express Gift Card. Vote now!!

A French Affair in Upstate New York

Last week, I escaped the city’s ongoing heat wave with a trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. For years, I’d wanted to visit Mirbeau Inn & Spa (Skaneateles) but found the logistics of getting there without a car somewhat daunting. After deciding a getaway road trip was the perfect antidote to the summertime blues, I made sure the charming inn was the first stop on my itinerary. Reminiscent of a French country home with its Monet-inspired gardens, Mirbeau served as the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding wine country. I was especially enchanted by the culinary creations of executive chef Stephen S. Landon and by the spa, which offers a host of vinotherapy treatments. For more on the spa’s grape-themed services, check out “In the Mix” in our September issue. And look for more to come on this idyllic retreat in upcoming issues.

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