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" Pabrmnp  Gazette, Thursday, May IS, I 13 Food Health and Fitness / + A uqry - one half unli the otl half. B .scaUofed  pemly cimmsc:ib bard. C Celer varl fTom om aura to a,er;, shades of m anti brown; black; somedmes whi .,,ed blue. D lYamut larger than 6ram as a ride. Dr. Campton sees great future for Pahrump's health care by Pete Peters Dr. Dennis G. Campton wouldn't live anywhere else than Pahrump, nor conduct his family practice anywhere else than Arcon Pahrump Center for HealthCare. Except for a few years of residence in the Las Vegas area, Campion has worked at the Pahrump facility off and on since 1978 and is now the act- ing chief of staff. He says that between 120- 150 patients are seen daily at the center and that future ex- pansion plans call for more phy- sicians, more holding beds and Dr. Campton a finer-tuned family practice and urgent care. "When we break ground soon on our new facility it will be the beginning of greater things to come," Campton stated. "It's going to be exciting and it's what this community really needs." "The future is going to be great," he repeated. "This outfit (Arcon) is very aggressive and it is dedicated to follow through with the commitment it has made to the community." Campton is very conscientious about what the community needs, too. He makes no bones about one of his key interests, that of rural family and emergency medicine. And when it comes to health plans, he is very outspoken. "No doctor can tell you what health plan to subscribe to," he said. "It would be very unethical to do so. Then again, there are many inequities in the managed care industry. "The whole pitch of managed care is to save health care dollars -- but in the end, it doesn't work out this way," Campton said. "Presently, the money is distributed the wrong way. The patients are not getting their dollar's worth for health care, the physicians' income are drastically reduced and the administrators are getting bigger salaries." Since health care plans have been offered by employers and other private interests, Campton claims that the ser- vices they provide should he available in the patient's community. Campton would like to see health plans sold to people living in rural communities, such as Pahrump, and taken care of in their local facility. "What good does it do for someone to have a health plan, then have to travel to Las Vegas to see a doctor?" Campton asked. "If a person bought a health plan here, he or she should he treated here. "Take diabetes sufferers," he pointed out. "The patient must receive formalized education about this illness and, consequently, is told to attend a class in Las Vegas. Let's say he can't see very well. So how's he going to take that one-hour drive to town for this class? It's ludicrous for a health care plan to even suggest such a thing." Perhaps that is why Campton is anxious about the expansion of the Arcon Pahrump Center for HealthCare at 1501 E. Calvada Blvd. Campton, 66, was born in Washington, Ind., and after a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, he obtained his B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1957 and his medical degree from there in 1961. His first practice in family medicine was in Ohio. He then came to Las Vegas in 1963, where he became chief physician for the Del E. Webb Corp., and, has remained in family practice for 37 years. His post graduate work include the Rutgers and Utah schools of alcoholic studies, the Nevada State Drug Symposium, the National Council on Alcoholism in Denver and Reno. From 1973-78, Campton served as emergency room physician at Humana Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas prior to moving to Pahrump. He has five children and five grandchildren. Campton has several interests, primarily targeting the continued development of rural family and emergency medicine. An avid golfer, Campton has always had aspira- tions of joining the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, a 24 handi- cap, he knows, doesn't cut the mustard. Self-examination for skin cancer: Put it onthe ,00do' list With all the items on your spring cleaning list, take a minute to make the time for one more. No, it has nothing to do with yard work or closet cleaning, but it does have everything to do with a healthy, cancer-free you. Add a skin cancer self-examination to your fist. It can be a solo job requiring just a few minutes of your time and only one tool - a hand mirror. Or, you can enlist the help of a friend for those hard-to-see areas. The end result may just save your fife. The American Academy of Dermatology believes self- exan,dnation is so important, it has designated the first Monday in May as "Melanoma Monday". On this Mela- noma Monday, you should begin a fife-long habit of regularly examining your skin for any suspicious marks or spots. Take a few minutes to help out someone you care about as well. By giving youtselfa personal inspection regularly, you can spot potential trouble at the best possible time: in the earliest stage. That's important because most skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, the most dangerous kind, can be cured if caught in time. Almost one million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Of that total, 40,300 will be malig- nant melanomas, up 12 percent from the year before. This year alone, about 7,300 deths will be attributed to malig- nant melanoma, about one every hour. In half that time, you could do a thorough self-examination and help a friend too. Who's at risk for melanoma? People with these charac- teristics have the highest risk for melanoma: *Fair complexions that tarn or blister easily * Blonde or red hair * Blue, green or gray eyes *Excessive sun exposure during childhood and teen years and blistering sunburns before age 20 * A family history of melanoma * More than 100 moles on your body; 50 if you are under age 20 Self-examination is simple and painless. Look over your entire body, including your scalp, soles of your feet, between your toes, and the palms of your hands. You'll need a minor to visualize some of those areas. What are you looking for? * A mole that has changed size, color, shape or texture. *New moles * Changes in your skin If you spot any of these signs, see your dermatologist. "We need to give the same time and effort to mela- noma detection that we do to breast cancer detection or the necessity of Pap smears," believes Clay Cockerell, M.D., a Dallas dermatologist. Perform this easy exercise regularly, and you'll be around to enjoy your springtime planting year after year. Practice frequent self-examinations. Remember! Prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma offers an excellent chance of a total cure. If you have any doubt about a mole, see a dermatologist. I! aneck and ! and00 za0000a00me ! Part hak i