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Dianna Saa
Finish Fit boot camp has demonstrated to me that I am VERY capable of pushing my body to its limits. Prior to starting the class I was nervous because it had been a really long time since I had been physically active. With Finish Fit I am now 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, something I had been trying to lose for two years! Thanks Lauren, Brett and Armen for helping me lose 10 pounds in four weeks!

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David Binns
My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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Health and Fitness News

Now Appearing: Skin Cancer

Unlike many cancers, skin cancer is often right in front of your eyes. But you’ve got to know what you’re looking for to catch it.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. In the United States alone, more people get skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined.

Think you’re safe? You could be dead wrong. One out of every five adults develops skin cancer during their life. The top two causes include exposure to the sun’s UV rays and tanning beds. And it doesn’t take a lot of exposure. More than five sunburns in your life doubles your risk of melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer.

For any type of skin cancer, early detection is key to successful treatment and long-term survival. This is why it’s important to check your skin monthly for signs of cancer. Not sure what to look for with each type of skin cancer? Keep reading.

Melanoma

Melanoma skin cancer is the most deadly, often because it spreads the fastest. It can develop from an existing mole or may appear as a dark spot that wasn’t there before. Use the alphabet to remember the warning signs.

Asymmetry. Moles on your skin should be symmetrical, meaning that each side mirrors the other. If you see a mole with a part that doesn’t match the other areas, get it checked out.

Border. As you do a skin self-exam, look for moles with borders that are irregular, blurry, or ragged.

Color. Healthy moles are a uniform shade of brown. Inspect each mole for changes in color. Cancerous moles may be multiple shades of brown. Some may even look black or have areas that appear pink, red, blue, or white.

Diameter. The majority of melanoma skin cancers are large moles, though not all. Look for moles with a diameter greater than a quarter inch. Picture in your mind the size of a pencil eraser. Anything larger than that should be investigated.

Evolving. Look for moles that change in size, color, or shape. To do this, you’ll need to give yourself monthly skin checks. Take pictures if necessary to help you remember how your moles look.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most prevalent type of skin cancer. Fair-skinned people are most likely to get BCC, but people with dark skin are also at risk. Unfortunately, there are no ABCs to help you detect BCC. That doesn’t mean you can’t see it early. BCC has a few telltale signs, including:

  • Raised red patches that may or may not be itchy.
  • Moles with small, shiny, pearly, or translucent bumps that have a pink or reddish tint.
  • In some cases, they contain areas that look blue, black, or brown.
  • Areas of the skin that look like scars or pink growths with edges that are higher than the center.
  • Sores that won’t go away. It may ooze or be crusty.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately. It may be cancer.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The second most common type of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) most often affects fair skin. Parts of the body that see the most sun exposure are at the greatest risk for SCC. This includes the face, ears, neck, back, chest, and arms. Here’s what to watch for.

SCC may look like a rough or scaly patch of skin that may bleed or crust over.
Sometimes SCC grows similar to a wart or it may be a growth or lump with an indentation in the center.

Keep an eye out for open sores that won’t go away or go away and then come back. They may ooze or get crusty.

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