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elebrating year three, Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Annual Regional Roundup continues to be a big hit for our nonprofit. Folding our own appreciation into this year’s August 22 festivities, we presented plaques to area legislators Senator Mario Scavello, along with State Representatives Rosemary Brown and Jack Rader.

PMREMS also received a check presentation by Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains; plus The American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Silver EMS award presentation. Enjoy a peek at all our sponsor support with a click thru into this year’s event booklet plus video too and more to view in this our latest edition of Regional Resource.

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PMREMS appreciation to local legislators for their continued support

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5,000 Check Presentation

We hope you never have a heart attack. But if you do, we are always ready. You dial 911 and we roll. We take excellence very seriously. That’s why we’re proud to say that we have been recognized by the American Heart Association for meeting its Mission: Lifeline® EMS cardiac care standards.

Excellence on call, 24/7. The American Heart Association recognizes this EMS provider for attaining 75% or higher performance on each applicable Mission: Lifeline® EMS Achievement Measure for a consecutive 12-month interval to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

Every minute of your life is precious. And if you have a heart attack, every second

The American Heart Association does not endorse the products or services of the EMS provider recognized counts to get you emergency care. in this advertisement.

Award Presentation

We hope you never have a heart attack. But if you do, we are always ready. You dial 911 and we roll. We take excellence very seriously. That’s why we’re proud to say that we have been



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Ford Drive 4UR Community invited licensed and insured drivers to take a test drive with each earning $20 towards our nonprofit. But that’s not all... the day’s intent was to


A total of 64 test drives delivered amazing rewards for Pocono Mountain Regional EMS during Ray Price Ford’s June 1st Drive 4UR Community fundraiser.



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enjoy time spent learning about PMREMS professionals, life-saving equipment, techniques, plus provide a peek into ambulances for a view (or two) of how medical professionals serve you.




Photo from left: Walter Price joins PMREMS Business Manager Nick DeWitt



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Ask the Doctor Skin Cancer Risks


A few times I’ve had some really bad sun burns that blistered and peeled – how does that impact my risk of skin cancer? A: Victor Catania, MD This can very much increase your risk for skin cancer. In addition to the other risk factors such as being male, having a fair complexion, tobacco usage, and having a family history or personal history of atypical moles, a single sunburn is sufficient enough to increase the risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer is an indiscriminate cancer that affects any age. Anyone with sun exposure, sun burning, or tanning history is at risk for skin cancer. Consider this: Skin cancer represents the most common cancer that is diagnosed in patients in the United States. The rates of melanoma (a type of skin cancer) within the state of Pennsylvania have doubled since 1975. Our county, Monroe County, has the highest rate of this disease in the state and is 59 percent higher than the national average. Skin screening It is vitally important to be screened on a regular basis for skin cancer, because there are different kinds of skin cancer and signs of skin cancer. Here are the skin changes your doctor will look for: • Actinic keratosis: This is a precancerous lesion which may become squamous cell carcinoma. These precancerous lesions are often found on the backs of hands and along the hair line as small hornlike lesions. • Squamous cell carcinoma: This is the second most common skin cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is a moderately fastgrowing cancer. It appears like a flesh colored nodule that may become crusted over or irritated looking. • Basal cell carcinoma. This is the most common skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is generally a slow growing cancer that may resemble an inside out pimple or irregular mole. • Melanoma: This is considered the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanoma may start out as a nonsymmetricallyshaped or -colored flat mole, often shades of brown or black, that can increase in size and shape.

Victor Catania, MD, is the Assistant Medical Director for LVPG–Pocono and sees patients at Family Medicine–Tobyhanna. He is board-certified in family medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.

When I conduct a free skin cancer screening at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, it involves a head to toe evaluation for any new or suspicious lesions as well as any lesions of concern to the patient. This may be done with the naked eye or with devices that may magnify lesions and provide additional light, such as a dermatoscope. Different providers have different methods of documenting lesions; a body map is one such tool that allows a clinician to note location, size and characteristics of a lesion for future reference. Know your ABCDEs You should always pay attention to changes in your skin. The ABCDE rule can provide a quick and ease remember method of assessing a mole that may be worrisome for melanoma. Moles you should pay attention to have one or more ABCDE irregularity. Asymmetry: If a line is drawn down the middle of the mole or lesion, the mole does not have a mirror image of the other side. Border: Mole has uneven outer edges. Color: Nonuniform mole color (that is, not the same color throughout the lesion). Diameter: The mole is larger than a quarter inch. Evolving: Mole has changed over a period of time. Always be mindful of any moles that are painful, red, irritated looking, having any discharge, or change in physical characteristics. While some skin conditions may cause moles or lesions to suddenly appear, it is strongly recommended that any new skin lesion that you are not sure about is evaluated by a medical provider. Preventing skin cancer Prevention is key with respect to skin cancer. The most important thing that can be done is avoidance of sun burn. Here are ways you can protect your skin (and eyes) from the harmful effects of UV radiation: • Wear sunscreen: Apply a broad spectrum (meaning blocking ultraviolet A and B; UVA, UVB) with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 30. • Reapply regularly: It is also important to reapply sunscreen every 90-120 minutes, depending on water exposure and how much you are sweating. • Block UV: Wearing protective clothing, such as long sleeve shirts, pants or a wide brimmed hat also goes a long way to protect your skin from sunburn. • Protect your eyes: If you wear sunglasses, ensure that they state they have 99 to 100 percent UVA/UVB protection. • Time it right: Avoid going out when the sun is at its most intense, generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and pay attention to the UV index on the weather forecast to further reduce your exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. • Avoid tanning machines: Finally, as ultraviolet light can come from a variety of sources, it is strongly encourage to avoid sun tanning booths which are a risk factor for skin cancer.

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