Paler Is Better, Say Skin Cancer Fighters (part 4)

4 Aug
2012

Paler Is Better, Say Skin Cancer Fighters (part 4)

Questioned on this point, Hurwitz said he stands by his guidelines, explaining: “I wrote the textbook in 1980 [Clinical Pediatric Dermatology. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co] that said skin cancer, including melanoma, in children is rare. We have now reversed that because it isn’t that uncommon.” Although many dermatologists stress this fact, offering case reports as evidence, statistics are hard to come by. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that the most recent data available from the Biometry Branch of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control doesn’t suggest a dramatic change in the incidence of skin cancer in any age group younger than 30 years. An unexplained fact is that under age 40, twice as many women as men develop all forms of skin cancer; after that, both sexes have an equal amount.
A new wrinkle in melanoma prevention is screening. Because early identification offers a 95% or greater chance of preventing this cancer’s spread, Hur-witz said, skin examination programs run by local hospitals and dermatology societies have been held, for example, in supermarkets in New York and at “health fairs” nationwide. In the Southwest, where skin cancer is particularly prevalent, an active campaign has enlisted the aid of barbers and beauticians in noticing suspect lesions. A great many precancerous or cancerous lesions have been identified, Hurwitz said, and their possessors referred to appropriate medical facilities for further evaluation and treatment.

Hurwitz advocates wide expansion of such screening programs but emphasizes that they should be run by dermatologists or specially trained physicians, rather than “physicians who aren’t used to skin cancer, who too frequently will look at a lesion and say, ‘Oh, don’t worry about that.’ The person with a suspicious-looking skin lesion should be concerned, and should do something about it—fast.” Cheapest medications whose quality is still just as high and whose effects will help you forget all the symptoms: buy clomiphene cialis professional to find out for yourself how wonderful it is to have a perfect pharmacy waiting for you to come by.

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