Melanoma (also called malignant melanoma or cutaneous melanoma) accounts for
only about 4% of all cases of skin cancer, but causes 79% of deaths from skin
cancer. The American Cancer Society predicts 47,700 new cases of melanoma will
occur in the United States in the year 2000.
It is well known that solar
radiation leads to the development of skin cancers. When sunlight penetrates the
top layers of the skin, ultraviolet (UVA or UVB) radiation damages the DNA
inside skin cells.
The incidence of melanoma has increased over the past
several decades from a 1:1,500 lifetime risk in 1935 to a 1:75 lifetime risk in
2000. While the cause of this is not known, it is known that depletion of the
ozone layer in the upper atmosphere has increased the amount of damaging
ultraviolet radiation that reaches the earth.
Prevention is the most
important aspect of care. Education regarding protection from sun exposure is
the best method to prevent the development of skin cancers.
has developed, early detection and treatment are key to a successful outcome.
Melanoma is almost always curable in its early stages.
include a combination of Surgery, Chemotherapy, Chemotherapeutic Regional
Perfusion, Radiation Therapy, Immunotherapy, and Chemoimmunotherapy.
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- What are the most common symptoms of melanoma?
- Are there any recognized risk factors for developing melanoma?
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- What is the current standard of care for the treatment of melanoma?
- What treatment options are available for the management of melanoma?
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- Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in
- Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for melanoma?
- What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and
abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this
condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information
that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial
selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide
- Serological markers for melanoma.
British Journal of Dermatology.
- Problematic pigmented lesions: approach to diagnosis.
Clinical Pathology. 2000
- Do high factor sunscreens offer protection from melanoma?.
Journal of Medicine. 2000
- The state-of-the-art in chemoprevention of skin cancer.
Journal of Cancer. 2000
- Tumour suppressor genes.
Clinical & Experimental Dermatology.
- Cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck: advances in evaluation and
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 2000
- Natural and induced human antibody response to cancer.
- Update on familial cancer syndromes and the skin.
Journal of the
American Academy of Dermatology. 2000
- Melanoma in children.
- Sentinel lymph node mapping for patients with cutaneous and conjunctival
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
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