Louisville Sports & Injury Center - June 2019

Louisville Sports & Injury Center

4227 Poplar Level Road Louisville, Kentucky 40213 www.usinjurydr.com

502-451-5959

JUNE 2019

had cancer, and those appointments where I’ve found incidental lesions on patients have all taught me that cancer of any kind is a complex condition that is best handled when health care providers work as a team. When I got my own diagnosis, my general physician, surgeon, and dermatologist worked together to develop a quick and effective plan. This should happen for all cancer patients, so they can experience optimal results. From a chiropractic standpoint, I take careful precautions when treating patients battling a cancer diagnosis and those who have beat it. For example, if a patient has a history of breast cancer or has a mastectomy, they might have limited mobility in their upper arms, which is an important consideration for providers of all types. Cancer touches every aspect of health care, even the niche musculoskeletal regions that chiropractors specialize in. Even with the rising number of cancer diagnoses — skin cancers in particular — it still seems like no one is talking about prevention. I was lucky that my basal cell carcinoma was benign and highly treatable. Other types are far more complex. Providers and patients alike need to be sure they are taking preventative measures, such as wearing sunscreen, hats, and clothing to protect their skin; maintaining a healthy diet and weight; avoiding smoking and drinking in excess; and getting frequent screening tests. While even the healthiest of people still get cancer for no apparent reason, it’s important that we do all we can to prevent it.

Chiropractics and Cancer Observing National Cancer Survivors Day on June 9

Nowadays, it seems like we have a “national day” for everything. In fact, just last month, I looked at my calendar to find National Apple Pie Day on May 13. But there is one holiday that holds immense significance in the chiropractic community and in my personal life as well: National Cancer Survivors Day. Every first Sunday in June, thousands of people gather to observe this day “as a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community” according to the National Survivors Day Foundation. With an estimated 1,735,350 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, a day dedicated to spreading awareness, preventing, treating, and beating cancer is necessary now more than ever.

Since your skin is your body’s biggest organ, you might notice your chiropractor looking for lesions, even if that wasn’t the original reason you scheduled the appointment. Even if a patient comes in after injuring their elbow or shoulder playing golf, a good chiropractor will scan the area for anything that appears unusual. I’m particularly conscientious when examining patients due to my own basal cell carcinoma diagnosis, a type of skin cancer that typically affects sun- exposed areas, such as the face and neck. As far as cancers go, the most common affected area is the skin, which means that skin cancers (like basal cell) occur frequently. Still, few people actually take preventative measures to reduce their chances of developing it.

My own experiences with cancer, the time spent treating patients who’ve

–Dr. Trace Kelly

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