Love Your Skin

by Julia Stern on January 26, 2015

As young adults, we tend to think that we are immune to just about everything. We hear stories about people getting horrible diseases but think that it could never happen to us.  Well, it’s important to recognize that we are all at risk for certain diseases.

People of any age and any race can get Melanoma. In fact, according to the Massachusetts Foundation of New England (MFNE), “although the average age of diagnosis is 52, Melanoma is the second most common cancer in people aged 25-29.” Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. As Melanoma develops, more cancer cells grow and invade deeper into the skin. Unlike a lot of cancers, the chances that these cells can be removed completely are very high – but only if it’s caught in the early stages. So what does Melanoma look like?

Melanoma can develop from an existing mole, or can appear new on your skin. It may start at the size of a pinhead, but can grow larger and deeper with time. Cancerous moles have some unusual characteristics that help to make them identifiable. Here are some of the signs of Melanoma:

  1. Asymmetrymelanoma
  2. Border irregularity
  3. Color variation (especially the color black)
  4. Diameter of more than 6 mm; and
  5. Evolving

If a spot on your skin changes and continues to change in color, shape, and/or size, you should be checked by a health care professional immediately. This means that you have to keep an eye on the moles that you already have and have a friend or family member check the spots that you can’t see regularly. Patient or family-discovered melanoma accounts for more than half of all Melanoma diagnoses.

To help keep our campus happy and healthy there will be a facial screening on Tuesday, 2/10/15 from 2:30 to 5:30pm in the ECC Foyer. This scanner allows you to see the layer of skin not visible to the naked eye. Come on by to see what areas of your face have been most impacted by the sun. You will, also, be able to take the “Your Skin Is In” Pledge to stop tanning. When you take the pledge, you are automatically entered in a raffle for a $50 Visa Gift Card.  You’ll receive a unique referral link to send to friends – the more friends you send it to, the more raffle entries you’ll get for the free prize!

In order to make our dreams come true we have to take care of our health first, so stop on by!

Can’t make the table? Take the pledge here:


BEar SMART Decisions

by Molly Louzan on January 21, 2015


Welcome back to campus! We hope that you had a safe, fun, and relaxing semester break. Everyone is excited to be back with friends, and we want to remind you to make smart choices if you are celebrating reuniting. You don’t need to drink to enjoy being with each other, but if you choose to drink, keep your SMART strategies in mind.

Drink non-alcoholic drinks when playing drinking games.

BSU students suggest playing non-drinking games to avoid the negative consequences of drinking games altogether. Some of the their favorite games to play instead are Heads Up, Water War, Catch Phrase, and Apples to Apples.

Know your limits, set limits, and keep to your limits.

Are you familiar with a standard size of alcohol? ONE serving of a beer is 12 ounces, malt liquor is 8-9 ounces, wine is 5 ounces, and hard liquor is 1.5 ounces. If you pour more than one standard size, you could be drinking more than you realize.

Pace yourself and drink less alcohol per hour.

What’s the rush? Slow down on your intake. BSU students suggest sipping your drinks slowly, making drinks with more mix and less alcohol, and telling friends your limits ahead of time to help keep you accountable.

Substitute alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks.

If you choose not to have an alcohol-free night, then alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks. Bring a water bottle or other non-alcoholic beverage with you to make it convenient.

Designate a sober driver or sober buddy to call.

Remember: the designated driver is a person who doesn’t drink ANY alcohol – not the person who drank the least or is “less drunk”.

Look out for your friends’ safety.

Have your friends’ back, and they’ll have yours. Remind them of their limits, never leave them alone, and always call 911 if you suspect they could have alcohol poisoning.

Eat foods that contain protein before and while you drink.

Concerned about consuming too many calories? Drink less, don’t eat less! If you are drinking, you NEED to eat nutrient dense foods that have some dietary fat. This might include chips and bean dip, nachos and guacamole, or even pizza and burgers.

For safer, smarter decisions, combine more than one strategy. We want you to be able to enjoy a safe Spring semester!

Concerned that drinking is affecting your academic performance? Check out this article on Student Health 101.


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