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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
January 29, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Moles  

Do you have a mole? Chances are good that you have few of them, actually. The average person has around 30-40 moles, and while moles are usually nothing to worry about it is important to be able to spot any changes that could be warning signs of skin cancer. That’s why you should perform self-exams every month to check the state of your moles. Just because they could be harmless doesn’t mean you should ignore them.

A mole that develops after the age of 30, a mole that bleeds or a changing mole could be a sign of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to check your moles regularly. When found early, melanoma is highly treatable. When it comes to pinpointing melanoma your dermatologist may teach you about the ABCDE's of skin cancer:

Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line down the middle of a mole both sides would be completely symmetrical; however, an asymmetrical mole could be a sign of melanoma.

Border: Melanoma is more likely to produce growths that have jagged or poorly defined edges.

Color: Healthy moles are usually a single color, while melanoma will often contain different colors or dark spots.

Diameter: Most healthy moles are smaller than a pencil eraser. If you notice that one or more moles are getting bigger you should speak to your dermatologist.

Evolution: Moles stay relatively the same over time; therefore, if you notice any changes to the size, color, shape, or texture then it’s time to consult with a skincare professional.

Of course, melanoma isn’t the only type of skin cancer to be on the lookout for. The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers include basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinomas often present as waxy-looking pale bumps on the skin, often on the head or neck, while squamous cells feel like firm nodules that may be smooth at first but become scaly.

Even if you aren’t noticing changes in your moles it’s still a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with your dermatologist once a year. Those at an increased risk for skin cancer may want to discuss coming in more often for exams. This exam is non invasive and could just save your life. If you’ve never had a skin cancer screening before it’s high time that you scheduled one.


By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
January 28, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: HCG Program  

Over 70 million adults are obese, putting them at risk for chronic health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Men and women may struggle to lose weight due to genetics, thyroid issues, and several other reasons, but we assure you that there's a resolution. Here at St. Mary's Medical Clinic, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor prescribes a low-calorie-diet program for Monroe, NC, patients to help them achieve personal weight loss goals safely and effectively. It pairs with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a natural hormone that is used to regulate the metabolism. You may be wondering how this works, so please read on to learn more about our HCG program.

What is the HCG Diet?

To maintain a healthy weight, women need 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day, while men need between 2,000-3,000. Since hormone imbalance or deficiency is a common cause of weight gain, taking pharmaceutical strength HCG as a dietary supplement or by injection, safely and efficiently promotes weight loss. The presence of this hormone in the bloodstream tends to take the appetite away, while also assisting in regulating the body's metabolic functions, lowering cholesterol, and preserving muscle.

Benefits of the HCG Diet

Monroe, NC, patients who commit to their medically supervised HCG diet plan report:

  • Reduced feelings of hunger
  • Less weakness, more energy
  • Better endurance

How the HCG Program Works

Our HCG diet program blends nutritional approaches with one-on-one coaching from Dr. Awa Igbinadolor so that you can make the best decisions according to what you eat. Men and women are both eligible to participate, with women often report losing 3lbs-4lbs a week on average, while men report eliminating between 4lbs-7lbs at the same pace. The meal plan offers a variety of delicious savory and sweet options to keep you full, making it convenient for those with a busy or active lifestyle. With the HCG program, you can kill cravings, establish a smaller waistline, and build muscle, all without stressing about your next meal.

Give Us a Call

If you are battling with weight loss and exhausting your options, consider the HCG program at St. Mary's Medical Clinic to put an end to your search. For more information about this medically developed diet method, the conditions we treat, and the services we provide, visit our website. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Awa Igbinadolor in our Monroe, NC, office, please call (704) 225-0211.