SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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•  American Cancer Society (2016). Learn About Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer.

•  Oral Cancer Foundation (2017).

Oral cancer is often thought of as a disease that strikes older people or heavy smokers. But it is shocking for many people to learn nonsmoking young adults are the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients. This is largely due to the rise in human Papillomavirus HPV-16 diagnoses among this group. According to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk. It is estimated that over 40,000 people in the United States have received a diagnosis of oral cancer.


Cigarette, cigar or pipe smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancers. Smokeless tobacco users, along with those who use dip, snuff or chewing tobacco products, are 50 times more likely to develop cancers of the cheek, gums and lining of the lips. All these are addictive disorders and as a result often draw the attention of mental health and addictive disorder specialists. Still, it is important to note that over 25 percent of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol occasionally.


More than 600,000 cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancer are diagnosed each year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, more than 48,000 individuals will be diagnosed with this debilitating, disfiguring disease this year with 9,570 deaths, roughly one person an hour each day.

ORAL CANCER NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue. Oral cancer appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. It can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses and pharynx.


It is important to be aware of the most common symptoms of oral cancer. These include any swellings, lumps or rough spots on the lips, gums or other areas inside the mouth. There may be velvety white, red or speckled patches in the mouth. Other symptoms are unexplained numbness, loss of feeling or pain and tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck. Also be aware of any indications of soreness; a feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat; ear pain; or difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue. Finally, if you notice unexplained hoarseness, have a chronic sore throat, a change in your voice or unexplained bleeding in the mouth, see your dentist immediately.

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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