The Boxer Brief 5k fundraiser run, conducted on 8th June, targeted colorectal cancer. This 7th annual run was held at Stony Point.
The event is held each year in order to honour Rich Conklin, a victim of colorectal cancer and a beloved football coach at the clover hill high school. The coach passed away in 2011 following a battle with the illness.
The point behind the annual 5k run is to create awareness around the illness and get people to talk about it and seek help for it.
“This is a very important event to get some education and some awareness out there in the community so folks can understand that it’s important to talk to their doctors about screening,” stated a young woman who has been working hard to oust cancer. Melinda Conklin is the executive director of Hitting Cancer Below The Belt, an NGO dedicated to cancer research. She further stated that ”Colorectal cancer is the second cancer killer in our country in men and women. The diagnoses is rising in the younger population age 20-39, the diagnosis is rising sharply.”
Personal trainer Bryant Johnson led the race himself. Johnson is the personal trainer of Supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Similar coaches of Personal Training in Richmond, Virginia have also taken part in the race to raise awareness everywhere.
After the race, Stony Point Fashion Park hosted a live concert at 6 p.m.
It is important for women to have a smear test each year and men must also be tested for colorectal cancer.
FDA Recommends using Physical Sunscreen over Chemical
Dermatologists and Food and drug Administration continue to advise Americans to apply sunscreen. Generally only one in 5 Americans develops cancer. But applying sunscreen reduces the risk. And sunscreen also reduces premature aging, wrinkles and sun spots.
Even though all of us pay little attention to the harm sun does us, we apply sunscreen. And sunscreen, or a sunbed cream (zonnebankcreme) is one of the staple cosmetics everyone uses. So, the FDA proposed a regulation that manufacturers have to provide more data about the safety of certain sunscreen ingredients. And they also requested the details of how much absorbing capacity do these chemicals have, and how they have any effects on the body.
There are two types of sunscreen. One is the physical sunscreen. It sits on the skin and reflects the UV rays. And it contains chemicals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. People with sensitive skin must use physical sunscreen. And these sunscreens leave a white residue on skin like applied by cricket players on field. Physical sunscreens are more natural than the next type- Chemical sunscreen.
The chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays from sun rather than reflecting it. And they have ingredients like Oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate. These sunscreens do not leave a white residue and are more cosmetically elegant.
The FDA claims that Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the safest ingredients for skin. Which means that physical sunscreen is safer. But that does not mean chemical sunscreens are hazardous. It only means that the FDA does not have more information on their level of safety.
If the ingredients on your sunscreen pack concerns you, then check for titanium dioxide and zinc. But if there are other ingredients then you can use a physical sunscreen. You can also use physical barriers like an umbrella, a long sleeve shirt, and a hat. You can use shades for your eyes too. The sun is most powerful in the time frame of 10 am to 2 pm.
It is always better to consult a dermatologist for sunscreen for your skin.
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