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Doctors Day puts focus on health

By John Martin

March 7, 2004 -  Robin Lawrence-Broesch can speak from experience about the danger of ultraviolet rays.

Lawrence-Broesch, a melanoma survivor and marketing director for the Evansville Cancer Center, was among the adults on hand Saturday at the Evansville Museum to disseminate information to young people as part of the museum's “Doctors Day” event.

Health tips were available at every turn, and Lawrence-Broesch could share a personal story with people stopping by her table.

She said she developed skin cancer in part because she spent too much time in the sun, with no protection from the rays, during her teenage years.

“Those are the years they need to take care of their skin,” she said. “They can't go back and do it later.”

Young people can have fun in the sun and still protect themselves, Lawrence-Broesch said. She advises using sunscreen with a minimum power of SPF 15, and she warns against use of tanning booths, which are “worse than the sun itself.”

The Evansville Cancer Center's display showed young people white bracelets and flying discs that turn bright colors when the rays reach dangerous intensity. Lawrence- Broesch noted that, with spring break on the way, it's a good time to get the message about ultraviolet rays out to young people.

Another display at Doctors Day gave young people a perspective on what their grandparents might experience as they get older.

Dr. Karl Sash, who specializes in geriatrics and internal medicine at the Physicians Health Group, had children look at an eye chart through goggles that blurred their vision. Other exercises showed children what it's like to lose their hearing and sense of touch.

“It helps them understand how the body changes and how certain things get more difficult,” Sash said.

At the Evansville Surgical Associates' table, 9-year-old Caleb Chambers got to sample an ultrasound machine with help from Dr. Todd Burry Caleb looked at a computer screen showing his arm muscles moving.

Caleb's parents, Jack and Tracy Chambers, said they always bring their two sons to Doctor Days. “They love it,” Jack Chambers said.




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