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New Standards for Diagnosing Hypertension Are Met with Skepticism

Check your blood pressure for free at Occupational Health Services every Tuesday and Thursday as part of Blood Pressure Awareness Month.

Free screening is available every Tuesday during the Farmers’ Market in Building 549 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and every Tuesday and Thursday in Building 426 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Sarah Hooper, manager of Occupational Health Services (OHS), said the health of the employees at NCI at Frederick is important to OHS, and OHS staff wants the community to stay informed.

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New Consultant Joins Occupational Health Services’ Team

One of Occupational Health Services’ (OHS') most valuable resources is new medical consultant Anusha Belani, M.D., chief of epidemiology at Frederick Memorial Hospital (FMH).

Belani graduated from the University of Delhi and received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in 1979. She is currently the only physician in Frederick County who specializes in infectious diseases. After completing her residency at Sinai Hospital, Belani established her own practice in Frederick in January of 1987.

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Take Action to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Soaking up the sun’s rays may give you a great tan, but it may increase your risk of skin cancer in the future. This is especially true if, for example, you have lighter skin or a family history of skin cancer. Any change to the color of your skin indicates damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States.

Statistics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) show that only 2 percent of all skin cancers are melanoma, but melanoma is the cause of most skin cancer–related deaths. Skin cancer is composed of basal and squamous cells, and begins in the outer layer of the skin.

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