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Take Good Care of Your Skin –Early Detection Increases Survival

I am not a reckless person.  I never even tried a cigarette.  For the most part, I’ve always been a “good girl.”  And now that I’m a mom, I am definitely going to emphasize that for the sake of my son.  Although I will admit that I was not always the best at applying sunscreen.

And statistics are just that – numbers- until you personally know someone who has experienced it.  I do have a few special people in my life that have had to battle melanoma and for that reason I must blog about this important topic as .

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the  importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. More than  3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 2 million people.

Skin Cancer Facts

  • In 2012, about 76,250 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 44,250 in men and 32,000 in women). Incidence rates for melanoma have been  rising for at least 30 years.
  • Unlike many other common cancers, melanoma has a wide age distribution. It occurs in younger as well as older people. Rates continue to  increase with age and are highest among those in their 80s, but melanoma is not uncommon even among those younger than 30. In fact, it is one  of the more common cancers in young adults. Early diagnosis is the key to curing this potentially deadly disease, and diagnostic tools are  playing a crucial role in aiding dermatologists to spot melanomas at earlier – and more curable – stages.
  • Melanoma is more than 10 times more common in whites than in African Americans.
  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the United States. BCCs  are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States,  resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
  • Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
  • Between 40% and 50% of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.
  • Who survives skin cancer?  The survival rate for patients, whose melanoma is detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, is  about 97%. The survival rate falls to 15% for those with advanced disease.


With the incidence of melanoma drastically increasing, theAVEENO® Brand is pleased to support The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour in its fifth year, providing free full-body skincancer screenings, samples of AVEENO® products and educational materials. Since its start in 2008, the Road to Healthy Skin Tour, staffed with local volunteer  dermatologists, has made approximately 330 stops, screening more than 13,000people and detecting 239 suspected cases of melanoma. Screenings are firstcome, first served.  I’ve listed the information for the New York City Free Skin Cancer Screening below but the tour will be happening across the country.  For More Information:  212-725-5176

When:   May 9th, 2012 11am -4 pm

Where: Lincoln Center 62nd St between Broadway and Columbus, New York, NY

Who: Dr. Ritu Saini will conduct screenings 11am -1 pm

Dr.Joshua Zeichner will conduct screenings 12pm -2pm

Dr.Rebecca Baxt will conductscreenings 2pm -4pm


No One is Picture Perfect —Even Celebs on The RED Carpet

I’m joining Erin and Holly, the dream team at MamaDrama Consulting, in their Faces of Rosacea awareness campaign. I chose to get involved for a few specific reasons.

#1 – MamaDrama is so wonderful at rolling out the RED carpet (pun intended!) on all things pertaining to entertainment and theater. It’s such an absolute pleasure to be part of their projects.

#2 – I suffered from bad skin beginning in my early teen years so I know first-hand how embarrassing, uncomfortable and upsetting skin conditions are. While striving for a fresh, pale, perfect complexion, my skin was often so red and blotchy that I did not want to leave my home – let alone MY room. But that’s not an option.  In life, you have to put your best face on and you never have a second chance to make a first impression.  Trust me when I say bad skin can have a crippling effect on your overall well-being.

Rosacea (ro-ZAY-sha) is a vascular skin condition (meaning it is related to blood vessels) that effects over 16 million Americans. Yet only 10% of the sufferers are currently being treated. It can affect anyone, but usually those age 30+ with fair skin and family history are most at risk. (That’s ME! Yet another issue to add to the list)

To help spread awareness, award-winning actress, Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in “Sex and the City”, is starring in an online public service announcement. For the very first time ever, she shares her personal experience with rosacea. Cynthia wants others to know no one is picture perfect – not even celebrities – and everyone can and should get educated on skincare, especially if you suspect you may suffer from rosacea.

Nixon, 46, who has three kids and is a breast cancer survivor, found stress  was a big trigger for rosacea – more specifically when she was stressing out  about her skin. Other triggers for Nixon: wine and drastic changes in  temperature, like taking a hot bath.

“Once I went to the doctor and got a little medicine and a little advice, I  was on the right path,” Nixon explained during an interview on Fox News Health last month,. “I was struggling for years. I could have  saved myself a decade of scrubbing.”

Check out Cynthia’s Rosacea PSA

One of the items on fellow mom blogger Jenny Isenman’s List of 40 Things Every Mom Should Have by (age) 40 is a great foundation (even though you swore you’d never wear one) that’s not cakey and covers redness and freckles — also known as rosacea and age spots.

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has undertaken a campaign to spread awareness on the condition, starting with an easy to navigate site that offers a quiz to see if you have it; an immediate way to find a dermatologist that lives near you, and of course, facts about rosacea…lots of them.

Make many fellow friends by join the Rosacea Facts Facebook page at

Disclosure:  This post enters me into the running to be a Rosacea Facts Ambassador, Sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. 

Are We Citibabes? A Special Offer from Square Spot Lets You Find Out

What was I thinking signing up for a trial class at 9:30am on a Monday morning (a dreary, rainy one no less) down in Soho?

Let’s just say this wasn’t one of my more brilliant plans. A $23 cab ride later we arrived at our destination–Citibabes–but we were already more than 10 minutes late for Citisongs and to top it off, we had to wait what felt like an eternity for the elevator to the third floor.

So instead of trying Citisongs, we enjoyed the open play gym again for one last time as part of our three day trial that Square Spot is offering its members.

Don’t get me wrong. I do not mean to have a complaining tone. It was a great offer for a fabulous facility which i have wanted to check out for quite some time.

Having been to Citibabes, I can say that I am extremely impressed with the facility and if I lived closer, I would become a member. (That’s exactly how I feel about Appleseeds too)

Team Gutterman had so much fun exploring the gyms on Saturday afternoon. Since it was a gorgeous day, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves!

Here are some of my fav shots that I took:

Ian is rockin’ a Blume shirt. When one thinks of fun, flirty fashion – a gas station attendant’s emblem is probably the last thing on your mind. However, authentic workmen’s patches from the family uniform company were Stacey Blume’s inspiration that launched her eponymous label- Blume. First comes love; then comes marriage; then comes Blume Baby stylin’ in the carriage! It is the perfect way to introduce your new baby to the world. No one will have to ask what the little one’s name is because Blume Baby helps you spell it out with customized onesies, bibs, hats, and burp cloths.Blume embodies comfortable fun for women, men, children, and dogs. The line is sure to begin each morning (or evening) with a smile. Blume’s innovative and unique styles have been a big hit with celebrities (and their kids!) such as Angelina Jolie, Victoria and David Beckham, Mariska Hargitay, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Kelly Ripa, The Kardashians, Tori Spelling, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brooke Shields and Ben Affleck. Blume fashions can be found in fine stores nationwide like Barneys NY, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and on

(Wait till you see one of your latest unmentionables coming soon in conjunction with my next 50 Shades post!)

Seamless, as Promised

My husband and I used to bicker NOT over what was for dinner, who was setting the table, or who was getting left with the dishes, but rather simply who was going to get stuck ordering in the meal. Yuck. No matter how hungry I am or what I’m craving, this chore can easily make me lose my appetite.

Let’s be honest:  the whole process stinks.  Almost as much as cooking.  (I’m being very candid!)  I don’t mean to stereotype, but the person taking the order generally can’t speak or understand English well.  So you are forced to repeat yourself several times, as well as being put on hold and then having to start all over. Then there’s the whole dilemma of getting the credit card information correctly.  And don’t even get me started on providing my unique address which they generally respond as not being in their coverage area when in fact it most certainly is.

I am seriously in debt to a dear friend who recently turned us on to Seamless, a website for ordering delivery and takeout food, formerly known as SeamlessWeb.

It doesn’t get much more civilized than this.  After inputting your order online, you receive an email confirmation and a heads up on how long it should take until your order will be delivered.  The delivery person shows up to your home with a bag containing your food.  There’s no need to fumble with your wallet or hand him your credit card.  Nor do you don’t have to try to figure out how much to tip him.  All you have to do is take your bag.  The only thing that could make this an even better, more pleasant experience is if I was handed a zero-calorie, guilt-free, outrageously delicious brownie sundae for dessert. That would definitely be the cherry on top. (Getting working on that upgrade, folks!)

Last September, Seamless acquired MenuPages, expanding its reach beyond food ordering to become the resource for food and restaurant content, including menus, ratings, contact information, and reviews. As a result of the acquisition, Seamless now has a database of more than 40,000 restaurant partners and menus, and expands Seamless content and ordering capabilities to more than 50 cities worldwide. MenuPages’ also offers a proprietary menu transcription and updating tool that allows menus and restaurant information to be updated efficiently. Together, the brands’ online properties draw 1.5 million unique visitors per month.

So this friend should know who she is and how dear she is to my family and I.  She has done countless stuff for me, including watching my son, offering an open ear, sometimes a shoulder to cry on,  being a writing buddy, a wonderful person to share a laugh with. I definitely owe her a meal of her choice at any restaurant who participates with Seamless.  Thanks again, dear friend!

To all my other friends who haven’t used Seamless yet, “Try it, you’re gonna like it.”

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