Newsletter May 8, 2020: Skin cancer, food safety, sports physicals and more…

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It plays many important roles in keeping our bodies healthy, including protecting us from the harmful radiation of the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer

About 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year (almost 10,000 a day)

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all the other cancers combined

1 in 5 Americans will develop a form of skin cancer by the age of 70

The rates of skin cancer are on the rise.

Video visits using MY CHART

San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center is proud to offer MyChart portal access to our patients.  Especially during this time of social distancing, we highly recommend signing up for MyChart.If you are not already using MyChart  we will be contacting you to assist with the sign up process over the next few weeks.

The COVID-19 Dilemma: “Safety vs Freedom”

The most frequent question we seem to get is: "Doctor, What's your opinion of what it will take to return to some semblance of normalcy?" Here is the best answer we can give.

In order for our communities to "re-open" we must be able to figure out how to accomplish significant risk stratification and allow a greater degree of freedom and social re-integration among those at least risk.


SDSM does not recommend COVID Antibody testing at this time. Currently the test results are inaccurate and unable to be adequately interpreted, and therefore do not change the management of the individual patient. We do expect with further work that the tests will become a valuable tool in the overall management of this crisis.

April 17 Newsletter: Flattening the curve, antibody testing, mask donation and special presentation by Dr. Shannon Cheffet

Flattening the curve---are we there yet?
Encouraging data from the San Diego Department of Health has shown that fewer new cases of COVID-19 have been identified the past few days. Officials are encouraged by this data, but say it is too soon to know if this trend will hold for the long-term, and when we can expect to return to a semblance of our former lives.

We are open and seeing patients…Appointments for Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, PT and Pilates are available by telemedicine!

Please call our office first as we seeing most patients via telemedicine. Virtual or telemedicine appointments with Physical Therapists and Pilates Instructors are also available, so please call and we can continue to assist in with your care.

Chloroquine for Covid

Thanks for asking about chloroquine (and/or zithromycin). We’re getting a lot of calls about this. Our providers have reviewed the latest worldwide clinical literature about this and we have hope that these drugs may be very helpful. A number of other drugs are also being evaluated right now and may even be more useful.

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and at San Diego Sports Medicine, we encourage everybody to maintain a healthy diet. Learn more about the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits