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HealthWise at 5 From 5.19

  • Breast Fed Babies

According to the British Journal Lancet a new study proves that there is more evidence of long term health benefits for breast fed babies. The study followed more than 200 pre term infants to adolescence. Researchers found those who had received breast milk had healthier cholesterol levels than the teens who were fed formula during infancy. Based on the findings, the study indicates that breast feeding could significantly contribute to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. However, there's little evidence at this point to show the really long term effects like 40 or 50 years down the road.

  • Mole Photos

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. While most is curable, some, like melanoma, can be fatal. The good news is skin cancer is usually easy to find.

"The good news is you can find it, I mean the skin is clearly visible for us to see. The changes if you know what to look for can be easily recognized it does not require a fancy test. If it changes in color, size or shape we are concerned, or if a new mole develops that doesn't match any of the other moles," says Dr. Kishwer Nehal, a Dermatologist.

But in people like Elizabeth Besozzi recognizing it can be a little tricky because she has hundreds of moles. And since people are advised to watch for changes in the skin, it's hard to keep track of so many spots. But now with new digital photography doctors can track the moles on someone like Elizabeth. With multiple views they can follow changes and even zoom in on suspicious spots. A new study from Sloan-Kettering found that when patients were given their digitalk photos to take home, they were much more likely to find suspicious changes later.

"Well it's given me a sense of ease because I don't have to be constantly on top of looking at me making sure that this mole, writing it down or things like that," Elizabeth Besozzi, skin cancer patient, says.

Of course, if you suspect any mole, you should have it checked by a dermatologist.

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