What’s Your Skin Cancer Risk?

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and an Indiana expert says early detection and prevention measures are critical to reducing a person’s risk.Lawrence Mark, associate professor of clinical dermatology, Indiana University, is a dermatologist and researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center. He says those with fair skin and lighter-colored hair and eyes are typically more prone to skin cancer, but adds that does not preclude those with darker complexions.He lists other factors a person should think about when considering their own risk: “I used the tanning bed multiple times; I got multiple blistering, peeling sunburns; I have a family history of first-degree relatives with melanoma – you compound those all together, and you get higher and higher levels of risk.”Mark says you can reduce your risk by limiting exposure to the sun by wearing a hat and long sleeves, and by using a sunscreen that protects against UV rays. He says you should also avoid being outside when the sun is at its strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.Mark adds that the sun should not be an enemy, because the body does need the vitamin D it helps to produce. However, he says, it doesn’t take much time outside to get it.“Even if you are wearing sunscreen, you’re actually not blocking 100 percent of the sun’s rays when you do that. So if someone is out with sunscreen on, they’re still producing vitamin D, nonetheless,” he explains.Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Mark says while it accounts for less than 5 percent of all cases of skin cancer, it results in the most deaths. His advice is to watch for changes in your skin.“Look out for an ugly duckling. You may have some brown freckles, some rough spots here and there, but if you’ve got this thing, that is out of the ordinary – it’s not like the others, it’s just odd – that should be a sign to say, I should have somebody evaluate that,” he explains.Another tip for detection is to consider the ‘A-B-C-D-Es,’ when noticing changes in spots on your skin: ”A’ for asymmetry; ‘B’ for the border; ‘C’ for color variability; ‘D’ for diameter; and ‘E’ for being evolving.News Servicelast_img read more

Cycling event to honor fallen Rising Sun Police Chief

first_imgThe 19th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors will be slightly different than past years.  The annual event that raises funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families, which normally has participants riding over 1000 miles over a 13 day period will have a one-day public ride on September 5 at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield starting at 8:30a.  The general public is invited throughout the day and is open to riders of all abilities.  This year’s ride will honor Chief David Hewitt, of the Rising Su Police Department and Trooper Peter Bo Stephan, of the Indiana State Police who both gave the ultimate sacrifice in 2019.A stationary Ride for Chief Hewitt will take place on September 14 at the Rising Sun Police Department and on September 18 at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post.  For more information, click here.last_img read more

First ODI at Queen’s Park Oval: Windies focusing on execution not India’s internal problems

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies are not taking any comfort from coaching controversy overshadowing India’s trip to the Caribbean, as they look to turn the tables on the powerhouse in the opening One-Day International of the five-match series bowling off here today at Queen’s Park Oval.Head coach Anil Kumble, who oversaw India’s recent ICC Champion’s Trophy campaign when they reached the final before losing to Pakistan, dramatically stepped aside this week citing an untenable relationship with captan Virat Kohli.And with all eyes focused on the side for possible fall-out during the series, West Indies captain Jason Holder said his side would be focusing on their execution and not on India’s internal problems.“That’s no concern for me. At the end of the day, we’ve still got to play cricket. We’ve got to focus on West Indies and what’s best for us,” Holder told a media throng here yesterday.“India will deal with their own problems. We’ve just got to face them and play them.”He added: “Once we do the right things and execute our plans, we have a good chance of beating India. But we have to play cricket on the day.“We set out our plans – batting, bowling and also in the field. I think once we hit those targets, more often than not we will end up on the winning side.“In the past we let ourselves down in the field – our batting hasn’t been the most consistent and those are obviously areas we need to address.”West Indies have kept the same 13 from the recent Afghanistan series but will be hoping for a diametrically opposite performance to the one that saw them struggle to a 1-1 draw in the three-match series in St Lucia.India captain Virat KohliThe hosts crashed to a shocking 63-run defeat in the opener and then struggled to overhaul a modest target of 136 in the second ODI before winning in the 40th over.Once again, the Windies batting lay at fault. Not a single batsman scored a half-century and for the exception of Shai Hope, very few displayed any enterprise against the-then ICC Associate side.Holder said a lack of experience in batting had led to their recent woes and contended that once the young team found their footing, performances would improve.“Experience counts a lot for it. The more we play together as a unit, the more guys will understand the international circuit and how the one-day game has transitioned,” the all-rounder explained.“If you look at our team, most of the guys are now budding, looking to make their mark on the international circuit so I believe if we stay together and we start to get some performances, have a solid foundation, hit some targets in terms of minimum standards – and once we hit them consistently then we can improve.”West Indies enter the game on backs of a poor run, without a win in their last five series and having won just three of their last 16 ODIs.The record has seen them lose pace in the race for automatic qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30.West Indies are currently ranked ninth and need a positive result in the series against India to gain valuable rankings points.SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams.INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.last_img read more

Whicker: Joc Pederson is all over the stadium (and out of it) in Dodgers’ series-opening win

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think that meant a lot to him, getting that home run off the lefty,” Roberts said.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.It was Pederson’s 23rd home run. The first 22 came off right-handers. Until this game, Pederson was 8 for 51 against southpaws this year. For his career, he is a 179 hitter with nine home runs, but he has nearly five times more plate appearances against right-handers.This is basic Dodger philosophy. Get players into prosperous situations and avoid the downside. While some would look at Pederson’s numbers and wonder how they would glimmer if he played all the time, the Dodgers implicitly maintain that he’s taking advantage of good matchups.Geysers of runs can follow this approach. In the past six games, the Dodgers have scored 8, 9, 3, 17, zero and 8. Hard-throwing right-handers like Gray, if they’re not hitting corners and getting ahead, are easy prey.Gray retired six of the 14 Dodgers he faced. One of the outs came at third, with some exuberant baserunning by Yasiel Puig, and another was a seed by Enrique Hernandez that was caught by shortstop Trevor Story. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The loss might not have been the worst thing that happened to Bud Black’s squad. Story, who has 33 home runs and 102 RBIs, took a hard swing in the fourth inning and looked plaintively at the bench. He had done something to his elbow and was removed immediately. The Rockies said he would be evaluated Tuesday.For most of this season, Pederson has been the one Dodger hitter who is markedly better than in 2017. He has 12 more homers than last year, and nearly as many walks, and only seven more strikeouts in 35 more games. In fact, Pederson has now played the same number of games as in 2016 and has 56 fewer strikeouts.Yet he won’t come close to the 585 plate appearances he had in his rookie year of 2015, when his 26 home runs were counterbalanced by 170 strikeouts and a .210 batting average.Related Articles PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to celebrate with teammate Manny Machado #8 after Pederson hit a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows though on his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson makes the catch on a fly ball hit by the Rockies’ Pat Valaika during the fourth inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning – the first of his two home runs – in Monday’s 8-2 rout of the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Pederson finished 3 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Joc Pederson #31 hits a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning during their 8-2 victory over the Rockies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Pederson added another homer and a double with three RBIs and three runs scored. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The DodgersÕ Joc Pederson #31 points to the sky as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate Justin Turner #10 after Pederson hit a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to celebrate with teammate Manny Machado #8 after Pederson hit a solo home run during the first inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows though on his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows though on his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — He said he swings against left-handed pitchers in the batting cage nearly every day. Most of the time, it seems like wasted wind.Joc Pederson does not face lefties in games because he does not hit lefties in games because he does not face lefties in games. It’s like opening a box to find another box.There is no exit sign on this ramp, so Pederson created his own opportunity Monday night. Because he kicked off the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over Colorado with a leadoff home run, and because the Dodgers knocked Jon Gray out of the game with nobody out in the third, Pederson was allowed to bat against Harrison Musgrove.He promptly launched his second home run of the game. He also scalded a double down the right-field line to begin the four-run rally in the third, which made it 6-0. He let Charlie Blackmon’s double sail over his head, but then he ran down a line drive by Drew Butera. If there were concerns about what remained in the Dodgers’ tank after a 10-game trip and a 2 a.m. arrival from St. Louis on Monday morning, Pederson swatted them into the seats, too. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “Last year I was hurt for a little bit and never really got into a rhythm, so it was definitely a frustrating year,” Pederson said. “This year I’ve made an adjustment and have kept making adjustments.”Last week the Dodgers were facing the palm-in-forehead prospect of getting swept in a three-game series by the Reds. Pederson got them on the board with a home run and they won 8-1. That won’t necessarily be judged a “high-leverage” home run, but it was a mood-lifter, and Pederson is capable of doing that at any time. Left off the NL Division Series roster last season, he went 6 for 20 with three home runs in the World Series.He also has become Roberts’ usual leadoff man, when he plays.“I don’t really care where I hit in the lineup as long as I’m getting the opportunity to play,” Pederson said. “I’m just happy to be in there. There are times when I’m not.“But I keep working against lefties in the cage, so if I do get that chance, I’ll be locked in.”Or, at some point, unlocked. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more