Your skin is the largest organ of the human body. As strong as the skin is, it is not invincible.
Skin cancer strikes an estimated three million people a year worldwide making it the most common of all types of cancer.
We know the main cause of most skin cancer cases and we know how to prevent the vast majority of them.
But millions of people across the globe still ignore the warnings and deliberately put themselves at risk of developing a disease which can cause severe damage and be fatal.
The difficulty in tackling many types of cancer lies in the fact that no-one knows the real cause – and that’s a major obstacle to prevention. Skin cancer is different.
Over exposure to the sun causes most types of skin cancer (both melanoma and non-melanoma) so reducing that exposure and taking sensible precautions are obvious methods of prevention.
Thanks to high profile public health campaigns in recent years, most people in the developed world are aware of the danger of damaging ultraviolet rays and know, at least to some degree, what they should be doing to protect themselves.
So why do millions of tanners across the globe expose themselves to the UV rays of artificial sun beds.
A tan is still perceived as sexy. A bronzed body is like a status symbol.
Many dermatologists will tell you a tan is a sign of damaged skin.
Sunscreen manufacturers assure us we’ll be protected from skin damage if we use their expensive high protection lotions. But studies have shown that many of these high factor lotions don’t live up to the claims of their makers.
Many tanning salon owners promote their sun beds as an aid to good health.
Some skin specialists want them outlawed claiming they cause skin cancer.
It seems that the average person is at the receiving end of a lot of myths and mixed messages about a disease which now accounts for one in three of all diagnosed cancers.
Skin cancer is a serious health risk. Even though there are 3 types, two of the three types can spread to other parts of the body and be fatal.
After all of the information about skin damage that has been made available to the public, it seems just plain stupid for anyone to spend time outdoors and not protect themselves or to even consider going to a tanning salon and expose their bodies to the very harmful UV rays.
Cancer of the Skin: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2e
by: Darrell S. Rigel MD
publisher: Saunders, published: 2011-08-05
sales rank: 934563
price: $119.04 (new), $115.59 (used)
Online and in print, Cancer of the Skin, edited by Drs. Rigel, Robinson, Ross, Friedman, Cockerell, Lim, Stockfleth, and Kirkwood, is your complete, multimedia guide to early diagnosis and effective medical and surgical treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. Thoroughly updated with 11 new chapters, this broad-based, comprehensive reference provides you with the latest information on clinical genetics and genomics of skin cancer, targeted therapy for melanoma, the Vitamin D debate concerning the risks and benefits of sun exposure, and other timely topics. A new, multi-disciplinary team of contributors and editors comprised of leading experts in this field offers truly diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices. The complete text-including 900 full-color, downloadable images and 6 procedural videos-can be accessed online at www.expertconsult.com.
- Broaden your understanding of all aspects of skin cancer-from the underlying biology to clinical manifestations of the disease to diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment-with this easy-to-use, comprehensive, multimedia reference.
- See conditions as they appear in practice with guidance from detailed full-color images and step-by-step procedural videos.
- Stay current with the latest advancements and therapies! 11 new chapters cover clinical genetics and genomics of skin cancer, targeted therapy for melanoma, the Vitamin D debate concerning the risks and benefits of sun exposure, and other essential topics.
- Get truly diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices from a new, multi-disciplinary team of contributors and editors comprised of the world’s leading experts
Access the complete text online-including image bank and video library-at www.expertconsult.com
Diagnose skin cancer effectively using a multimedia reference with a multi-disciplinary approach and the latest content and techniques.
Beating Melanoma: A Five-Step Survival Guide (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by: Steven Q. Wang
publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, published: 2011-03-15
sales rank: 383608
price: $11.32 (new), $12.21 (used)
Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a world-renowned skin cancer expert, provides an essential guide for people with melanoma and their families.
The book’s unique, practical format approaches the disease in two phases, just as people with melanoma need to do. First comes a step-by-step guide for what Dr. Wang calls the “mad rush” phase—an intense and stressful period from diagnosis to completing initial treatment. Dr. Wang’s calm guidance helps readers through this critical time, using an easy to understand plan for ensuring optimal treatment and survival outcomes. Once the mad rush phase is over, the “marathon phase” begins—life resumes its normal shape but with lingering concerns about new melanoma and metastases. Here Dr. Wang addresses common questions about prevention and prognosis.
Beating Melanoma offers current research in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of melanoma; photographs of different kinds of skin cancers; and a readable narrative that demystifies everything from the pathology report to the stages of cancer. The only book to outline detailed instructions for melanoma patients at all stages of their disease, it is a guide that people with melanoma will turn to with confidence.
How To Check Yourself For Skin Cancer
Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from elunder and more videos in the First Aid category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com Most dermatologists recommend examining your skin once a month to become familiar with what it looks like normally—so you´ll be able to recognize something that´s abnormal. And since skin cancer is curable if caught in an early stage, your life just might depend on it. To complete this How-To you will need: A full-length mirror A handheld mirror Good lighting A camera (optional) A blow-dryer (optional) Step 1: Look for ABCD´s Familiarize yourself with the ABCD´s—that is, asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Moles or birthmarks that are asymmetrical, have a jagged or irregular border, are blotchy or not all one color, or are bigger than about the size of a pencil eraser should be seen by a doctor. Step 2: Check after bathing Check yourself immediately after bathing so you´re clean—and naked. It is important to check your entire body. Step 3: Examine hands Examine your hands, including your palms and fingernails. Step 4: Use full-length mirror Use the full-length mirror to inspect your arms, elbows, and underarms. Tip: Take pictures of moles or birthmarks so that you´ll have something to reference if someday you´re unsure whether the …
Understanding Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer #5)
Every year, 250000 Americans are diagnosed with a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. What exactly is SCC? Watch More Health Videos at Health Guru: www.healthguru.com