Sunscreen is not just for women who prefer to spend our summer days lounging by the pool. A new study shows men over 50 are more at risk of deadly skin cancer. Also, has your personal information fallen into the wrong hands? It's happened to more than half of all Americans. And, it's time to bring back Reading Rainbow! Why the beloved show that started in the 1980's is getting new life!
Men and Melanoma:
Okay, ladies, it's time to look closely at your husband's back. Or his ear. Or his bald spot. The American Academy of Dermatology is targeting men over 50, saying they're at higher risk of developing the potentially-deadly skin cancer Melanoma.
The cancer often goes unnoticed in hard-to-see places like the backs of ears and the tops of heads. They're urging men to keep a close eye on changes in their skin, but also reminding women to check their husbands, dads and boyfriends for anything that looks out of the ordinary.
If something seems suspicious, don't risk it. Get checked. It could save your life. For some pictures of what skin cancer can look like, check out this page from the Mayo Clinic.
Hackers Take Over:
From Target to eBay to grocery stores in the Inland Northwest, it seems hackers are out to steal our personal information at every turn. New numbers show half of all Americans fell victim to hackers in the last year.
110 million Americans lost information from an estimated 432 million accounts in the last 12 months. Even if it's minor information, you should still report it to the proper company or agency. Having some information stolen makes you a bigger target for scams.
And, if you suspect your information has been compromised, cancel the accounts and change those passwords.
Resurrecting Reading Rainbow
"Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow."
Did you sing those words in your head rather than just read them? Then, you were a child of the 80's. That's from the opening theme song of the long-running PBS show "Reading Rainbow." It went off the air years ago but now the former host is trying to bring it back.
Levar Burton started a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to bring it back as a web-only series. He hoped to raise a million dollars; he raised that and more in less than 24 hours! You can still donate and learn more about the effort here.
In the meantime, let me close by singing a few bars... "Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high..."