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Skin cancer rates soaring as Baby Boomers age

Uploaded: Apr 30, 2015
Visiting the dermatologist this week, I was surprised to learn that the physician had worked me into his schedule because routine appointment were booked for the next two months.
The physician said the scheduling was a result of the epidemic of skin cancer among the "Baby Boomer" generation who grew up when tanned skin was considered healthy and sun screen was unknown. In fact, for many Baby Boomers the teen-aged and early 20s were a time of oiling up and basking in the sun to seek the perfect tan.
We are paying a price for that now. Non-melanoma skin cancer rates have soared from one mission in 1994 to 3.5 million in 2010, according to a study by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Rates of melanoma also have been increasing as my generation ages. Most skin cancers are diagnosed in people after their 65th birthday.
So, we cannot undo the past, but we can take advantage of the excellent sun screens and skin care available today.

Three economists authored the annual "Rich States, Poor States" study that identifies which government policies actually result in economic growth and prosperity. They follow 15 policy areas.
Economist Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore (chief economist for the Heritage Foundation) and Jonathan Williams (American Legislative Exchange Council) compile two lists based on their studies—one is a forward-looking outlook, while the other ranks states on economic performance.
Utah, North Dakota (despite plunging prices for petroleum and natural gas) and Indiana are the top three for economic outlook, while Texas, North Dakota and Utah rank in the top three for performance. The Golden State? 44th for economic outlook and 37th for performance.
Given the taxes, fees, aggressive regulators and the difficulty of doing business here, those rankings are no surprise.

A radio advertisement that particularly gripes me is the one running for the "earned income tax credit." The notion that you earned the taxpayers' money by not making enough money yourself is a logic that defies me. Of course, it may be way too high an expectation to assume government policies will be logical.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Apr 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.


I visited my dermatologist four years ago on a totally unrelated matter. He looked at me and said Basil Cell Carcinoma.

It was a tiny little dark spot on my left cheek. He removed it, it was biopsied and was positive. Now I have routine skin examinations every three months. Each examination he removes two to four spots. They are mostly benign. Biopsy indicated he got all of it.

Also, I highly recommend colonoscopy for everyone over age fifty. I had my first colonoscopy six years ago. Only after my sister and my wife had a colonoscopy, they convinced me I should have one.

he first colonoscopy I had two pre cancer polyps removed. I had my second colonoscopy two weeks ago. I had eight polyps removed, they were all benign.
Biopsy indicated the doctor got all of it.

Posted by Wow!, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Skin cancer and colonoscopies! Wow, you baby boomers sure are fun! I would love to party with you guys! Might even get lucky and get to hear you can telling tales of your "prostrate" and comparing PSA and cholesterol numbers.

Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of another community,
on May 2, 2015 at 7:49 am

@wow -- if you're lucky, sprout ...

What's far worse is the characterization of those three individuals, including Dr. Voodoo Economics himself, as "economists." In fact, I think I feel a blog post coming on ...

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


I haven't heard the radio ad for the Earned Income Tax Credit, but I might be able to explain the logic. There are many people who work very hard at minimum wage jobs, which often isn't enough to support their family. These people are not lazy good for nothings living off government handouts. The idea is to help those who EARNED their income with a little subsidy to keep them working and off of welfare.

Here's a link on the Fox Business website that explains it very well. Web Link


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