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More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac cause allergic reactions in half of the population each year. Skin Cancer is the world's most common malignancy. There are three main forms of skin cancer: Basal cell Carcinoma, Squamous cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious type that can spread to other organs. One person dies of Melanoma every hour.
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac are the most common plants that cause a skin rash. They are native perennials that grow in woods, fields and gardens, in sun or shade and in wet or dry places. Poison Ivy/Oak has three leaflets per stem. Poison Sumac has a row of 6-10 leaflets. A sap called urushiol oil causes the allergic reaction from these plants.
The American Institute of Preventative Medicine, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology , The Skin Cancer Foundation and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.
This information has been brought to you by Shady Grove Adventist Hospital which is located at 9901 Medical Center Drive in Rockville . For more information on health classes, screenings or support groups offered at the hospital go to www.ShadyGroveAdventistHospital.com, or call 1-800-542-5096 to register. To find a local physician, call 1-800-642-0101 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.