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Bracelet proceeds to support dermatology

While the devastating effects of breast, lung and other forms of cancer are known, some may be surprised to learn that more than 20 Americans die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma. According to, the survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 99 percent, but falls to 15 percent for those with advanced disease.
Melanoma is a malignant tumor that originates in melanocytes, the cells that produce the pigment melanin which colors our skin, hair, and eyes.
Risk factors for melanoma include exposure to sun and artificial sources, family history, number of moles MUSC, I Will Reflect Melanoma Initiative
This year, MUSC has partnered again with The Spa at Charleston Place to educate the public about melanoma. “I Will Reflect” (IWR) is a program that aims to remind individuals to “reflect” on the need to protect their skin.
There are several ways to “reflect.”

  • Wear an “I Will Reflect” bracelet, which glows purple when the wearer’s skin is exposed to dangerous sun rays. They are on sale at The Spa at Charleston Place for $3. Proceeds from all bracelet sales will be donated to the MUSC’s Department of Dermatology. Share the message of skin protection with family and friends by wearing an “I Will Reflect” bracelet.
  • Pamper yourself with a luxury “I Will Reflect” treatment and The Spa at Charleston Place will donate 10 percent of the cost to MUSC. These treatments combine an indulgent facial or massage with sun safety tips, skin checks and sunscreen gifts.
  • Enjoy a 25 percent discount on a specialty sun care treatment when wearing an “I Will Reflect” bracelet.

Join the “I Will Reflect Charleston—Melanoma Initiative” Facebook group and share a melanoma story for a chance to win a monthly drawing for prizes from The Spa at Charleston Place. Group members will also receive exclusive offers and discounts. For information, call 937-8522.
To get news, statistics and studies on melanoma, follow along on Twitter (@CharlestonPLSpa).

Friday, July 31, 2009

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