Whether it’s skiing, hiking, fishing, or just enjoying the views, we all love spending time in the Colorado outdoors. However, living in our high altitude makes us even more susceptible to dangerous sun exposure and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 2 million cases are detected annually, and during 2010 an estimated 8,700 deaths resulted from skin cancer. The good news is that doctors continue to evolve treatments. The highest potential for recovery is through a state-of-the-art treatment procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery. Through Mohs surgery, the percentage of cure now exceeds an impressive 99%. Mohs-certified dermatologic surgeons, like Dr. Karen Johnson of Denver, are in high demand and face the pressures of treating patients, managing daily operations, and planning for business growth. Dr. Johnson relies on Citywide Banks’ healthcare banking specialist to help give her peace of mind for her practice.
“When I was with my previous bank a colleague asked me what my banker was doing for me,” recalled Dr. Johnson. “I realized I had to ask for anything I thought I needed, and I talked to a different person every time. My experience with Citywide Banks has been so different. They connected me with a dedicated banker for my account, Chris Hadley. Chris has a very deep background in healthcare banking, which meant he was able to better understand the unique financial needs and available options for my medical practice.”
“One of the solutions I recommended for Karen was an automated sweep account, part of several cash management tools Citywide offers,” explained Chris Hadley. “We regularly evaluate new banking products and services that may be a good fit for Karen and other medical practices. It’s about staying in close contact with the business to be in a better position to identify new opportunities to bring value to each business customer.”
“Chris continues to take the time to understand my practice’s evolving needs and goals,” continued Dr. Johnson. “I feel like Citywide has my back, which enables me to focus more on treating patients and fighting skin cancer.”
Dr. Johnson, whose practice is at Rose Medical Center in Denver, offers a few tips for helping minimize the potential dangers of skin cancer:
- Have a yearly skin check with your dermatologist
- Wear sunscreen daily (SPF 30 or greater)
- Be suspicious of spots on skin that are new, changing, growing, bleeding,
or wounds that won’t heal
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