May is Melanoma Awareness Month. This week, we present the live, hour-long special: More Than Skin Deep. Dermatologists and medical experts will be available to answer questions both on air and in our KCPT Phonebank. More Than Skin Deep is the informative, engaging and emotional story of skin cancer in America as told by patients, families, doctors, researchers, nurses, advocates and educators.
The Local Show .
There will be more cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States this year than all other cancers combined. Kansas and Missouri have two of the 10 highest state death rates from melanoma, according to a 2010 EPA study.
On this special edition of The Local Show, KCPT partners with the producers of the national public television documentary, More Than Skin Deep, to tell the story of skin cancer. During this one-hour special you’ll also have a chance to speak to area dermatologists in the KCPT phonebank to address your own medical concerns. And we’ll take your calls with a panel of medical experts live on the air.
Joining Nick Haines in the studio:
Outpacing Melanoma Foundation, Founder
The Local Show goes inside a special therapy session for people who are grieving the loss of their pets, learn more about the new education website myEDmatch.com, meet our local candidates for the National Geographic Bee, and experience the arts with the Jewish Community Center’s White Theatre.
Anyone who has experienced the death of a pet knows how heartbreaking that can be. But for some, the loss of a dog or a cat can be so emotionally wrenching it actually affects their physical and mental health.
The tale of a middle-aged woman so devastated by her dog’s death that she had to be put on a life support system is just one extreme example. But pet owners who even months after a loss still have trouble eating and sleeping are common and in Kansas City mental health professionals say they are increasingly treating patients for chronic depression brought on by the death of a pet. At the Struan Center in south Kansas City psychologist Dr. Raphael Smith runs a regular pet grief group therapy session. KCPT and producer Justin Bond got a rare opportunity to take its cameras inside to witness a recent meeting.