Archive | June, 2014

FREE Skin Cancer Screening June 27th

It’s the time of year when we’re spending a lot of time outdoors and in the sun. While the sun can be fun, it can also damage your skin and make you more vulnerable to developing skin cancer. In fact, the Southeastern region of the United States has some of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the nation. That’s why Lexington Medical Center is teaming up with Palmetto Dermatology to offer a FREE skin cancer screening on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The free skin cancer screening will take place from 9:00 a.m. – Noon on Friday, June 27 at 109 West Hospital Drive in West Columbia. That’s the Lexington Sleep Solutions building. To make an appointment, call Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach at (803) 936 – 8850 Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Capacity is limited. An appointment is necessary.

sunscreen“Lexington Medical Center and Palmetto Dermatology are joining together to provide this important service to our community with the hopes that we can reduce the rate of melanoma in Lexington County,” said Connie Watson, Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach Director.

Upon arriving at the appointment, patients will fill out a questionnaire related to family and medical history. Then, they’ll receive a full body skin cancer screening from a doctor or physician assistant that looks for any suspicious moles or nodules on the skin. If the clinician finds something that appears suspicious, they will refer the patient to a doctor’s office for further inspection. Participants will also receive educational information about skin cancer.

Studies show that in 2013, more than 75,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. More than 9,000 patients died. Approximately 86% of melanomas are attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that about 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. And doctors at Lexington Medical Center have reported seeing an increase in skin cancer among young adults in their 20’s.

According to Dr. Jeff Smith of Palmetto Dermatology, melanoma can be a very dangerous disease. Although it only makes up 3% of skin cancers, it is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths. Other than breast cancer, it is the most common form of cancer for women under 40.

“Sun protection, prompt detection and aggressive management are keys to treating melanoma,” said Dr. Smith “It can also be difficult to see. Some melanomas start with something as small as a spot between your toes.”

Doctors emphasize the importance of monthly self skin exams and yearly dermatology checkups in an effort to achieve early detection. Moles with the following characteristics should prompt concern:

~Asymmetrical borders
~Dark colors or multi-colored
~Diameter larger than a pencil eraser

Once a diagnosis is made, doctors perform prompt and appropriate surgical intervention.
To avoid skin cancer, experts recommend that patients:
~Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 year-round when outside to avoid sunburn.
~Avoid tanning beds.
~Seek shade. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Summer Time is Grilling Time

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD, LD at LMC

With longer days and warmer temperatures, we start to look to our outdoor grills for preparing tasty meals. We especially like to cook meat on the grill. One of the best meats we can grill is seafood. We are recommended to eat two or more servings of seafood a week for the heart healthy benefits fish can provide. Luckily, we are blessed to live so close to the coast with its variety of fresh seafood offerings. However, you may have heard to beware of some fish or to pick “sustainable choices.”

What is Sustainable Choice Seafood? It’s fish that is caught or farmed in a manner that considers the long-term vitality of the species. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch website has pocket guides that can be downloaded and printed for each region of the country that lists best choice, good alternative, and fish/seafood to avoid that may be overfished or come from areas of the world where there is concern for how the fish are caught or raised. For the more tech savvy, there is a downloadable app:

In our region some of the best choices and good alternatives are found off the coast of the Carolinas: Shrimp, Oysters, Cod, Halibut, Red Snapper, Grouper and Flounder just to name a few. The best part about serving seafood is the ability to get it to your plate fast.

Blog_-_summer_grill_seafood_May_30.doc__Read-Only___Compatibility_Mode_Grilled Fish with Garlic Marinade


• 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen fish steaks or fillets (such as tuna, sea bass, swordfish, or salmon), cut 1 inch thick
• 6 garlic, peeled and quartered
• 1/2 onion, quartered
• 1/2 red sweet pepper, quartered and seeded
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons ketchup
• 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
• 1 1/2 cups fresh arugula or spinach (optional)


1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry. Place fish in a shallow dish. Set aside. For marinade, in a blender or food processor combine the garlic, onion, sweet pepper, wine, oil, ketchup, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Cover and blend or process until finely chopped; stir in the cilantro.
2. Transfer half of the marinade to a small bowl; cover and chill until ready to serve. Spoon remaining marinade over fish; turn fish to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning fish occasionally.
3. Drain fish, discarding marinade. Grill fish on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, gently turning once halfway through grilling time. If desired, serve fish over arugula or spinach. Top with reserved pepper mixture.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Physician Lecture Series: Stroke – Every Second Matters

Francisco J. Albert, DO

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a monthly lecture series featuring physicians speaking about medical topics that are important to our community.