Navigation Links
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Aric Almirola Waves the Yellow Flag at Warning Signs of Skin Cancer
Date:10/24/2009

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Driver Aric Almirola is lending his voice to a national public education program to raise awareness of actinic keratosis (AK) -- a potential early warning sign of skin cancer -- as well as the long-term consequences of sun damage over a lifetime. The national campaign, "Is it AK or OK?" is sponsored by Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC, in partnership with The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Graceway is the primary sponsor of the No. 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2009 series season. "Aric is a tremendous driver and we are proud to work with him to help raise awareness of the realities of life-long sun exposure," said Jeff Gregory, CEO and Chairman, Graceway Pharmaceuticals.

AK is a visible sign of accumulated sun damage caused by harmful UV rays. Many people have never heard of AKs and yet these flat, scaly patches on the sun-exposed skin are the most commonly treated condition by dermatologists and are a leading diagnosis at skin cancer screenings.

  • It is estimated that about 10 million Americans currently have AK.
  • Anyone who has previously had an AK is at a higher risk for developing new AKs or skin cancer.
  • Approximately 10% of AKs may develop into a potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
  • The incidence of AK is slightly higher in men, because they tend to spend more time in the sun and use less sun protection than women.

"I'm protected from the sun when I'm racing, but my fans aren't," said Almirola. "Because sun exposure is the cause of most skin cancers, fans should always use sunscreen and see a dermatologist for regular skin checks, especially if they notice something abnormal."

For more information about AK, visit www.AKAwareness.com.

About Actinic Keratosis

AK is a sign of sun damage resulting from long-term exposure to harmful UV rays. The sun's rays cause changes in the size, shape, and organization of the top layer of skin cells, also known as the epidermis, and just below it. These cellular mutations can then form AKs.

AK is considered a pre-cancer and is often confused with age spots, eczema or psoriasis. AKs are small, red, sometimes scaly or rough patches that can be found on skin most often exposed to the sun like the face, bald scalp, hands, shoulders and arms. AKs can vary in shape and color, ranging from red to light or dark tan, pink, or a combination of these. These lesions may range from the size of a pinhead to larger than a quarter and may feel dry and rough like sandpaper. In the beginning, AKs can be so small that they are often identified by their rough texture rather than by sight.

Some AKs will develop into a serious form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC. If left unchecked, this cancer can spread to other areas of the body and organs. Because it is difficult to predict whether an AK will develop into cancer, it is important to discuss any changes in your skin with a doctor.

About Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC ("Graceway"), headquartered in Bristol, TN, is a pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, in-licensing, and developing branded prescription pharmaceutical products. Current prescription products marketed by Graceway include Aldara® (imiquimod) Cream, 5%, Maxair®Autohaler® (pirbuterol acetate inhalation aerosol), Atopiclair® Nonsteroidal Cream, and Estrasorb® (estradiol topical emulsion). Aldara®, Maxair®, Autohaler®, Atopiclair®, and Estrasorb® are trademarks owned by or licensed to Graceway. For more information on Graceway's products, including important safety information, please visit www.gracewaypharma.com.

SOURCE Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC


'/>"/>
SOURCE Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Georgia Reproductive Specialists Participates in Largest-Ever In Vitro Fertilization Clinical Trial in the World
2. Aspirin Named 8th World Wonder by Majority of Americans
3. Poniard Pharmaceuticals to Present Updated Results of Picoplatin Phase 2 Small Cell Lung Cancer Trial at 12th World Conference on Lung Cancer
4. Pharmacopeia Assists the World Health Organization in the Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for the Treatment of Malaria
5. A Worldwide Phase III Clinical Trial Seeks U.S. Patients to Explore Investigational Drug Phenoxodiol
6. New Study Presented at WorldSleep 2007 Demonstrates Ramelteon Has Sustained Efficacy Over Six Months in Adults With Chronic Insomnia
7. Genasense(R) Data in Melanoma to be Presented in Opening Session at First Worldwide Melanoma Center Meeting of the European Association of Dermato-Oncology
8. WorldHeart Announces Further Milestone in Miniaturized Assist Pump Development
9. Oncology Drugs Development Update - Worldwide Markets and Forecasts of Approved EGFr/HEr2 Inhibitors, Treatment Costs, Pathway Analysis, Current and Expanded Clinical Indications, and Novel Agents in Development
10. Pivotal Ustekinumab (CNTO 1275) Phase 3 Data to Debut at World Congress of Dermatology Meeting
11. Video: The Arizona Heart Institute Announces the Largest Worldwide Experience with Endoluminal Grafting to Treat Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Related Pathologies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/18/2017)... Viverae ® , a leader in workplace ... IBM ® Watson Campaign Automation, implementing behavioral messaging ... a personalized experience. Through digital engagement, the platform prompts ... real time. The enhanced experience drives engagement by focusing ... they are in their journey to health. ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... DIEGO , April 18, 2017  Astute Medical, ... a case series to be presented at the 2017 ... which begins today and continues through April 22. Physicians ... IGFBP-7 , used to assess risk for acute kidney ... decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Elevated levels ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... April 18, 2017  Socionext Inc. and SOINN ... in 2016, in which Socionext extracts and delivers ... companies achieved initial results in reading ultrasound images ... Brain SOINN. The results will be introduced at ... 19-21, at booths 4505 & 4507. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The world-class designers of Happy ... their novel lifesaving device for the everyday use of parents worldwide. It is ... to read a child’s vital signs, and detect unusual symptoms or physical patterns. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... to be diagnosed globally; approximately 25,000 of them will be malignant.(1) As research ... of this type of healthcare model in the diagnosis and treatment of brain ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... Come to PAINWeekEnd (PWE) Tampa on May 20 and 21, at the Renaissance ... program. , An attendee at a recent PAINWeekEnd said, "Very helpful, wish we ... entitled Ain't Misbehavin': Decreasing and Managing Pain Patient Aberrant Behavior, presented by Dr. Ted ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... “Learning to Use Your SPIRITUAL COMPASS To Navigate Life Issues”: a guide to ... Navigate Life Issues” is the creation of published author, Rachel Jamerson, writer of 25 ... CONTACT USA, and former member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Rachel ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Anaconda BioMed, ... neuro-thrombectomy systems for the treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS), today announced it ... as the product advances towards regulatory and clinical phases. , "This is another ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):