Throughout the world, the incidence of malignant melanoma is
increasing at an alarming rate. This dramatic rise is largely due
to more frequent and prolonged exposure to intense sun, the result
of major changes in clothing styles, recreation, and lifestyle
(including widespread access to midwinter resort vacations).
Significantly, recent scientific studies have shown an increased
number of moles on, and a higher rate of melanoma in, people with
the greatest "sunscreen" use, pointing out the mistaken belief that
using sunscreen means getting a "safe" tan. The truth is that most
sunscreen provides protection from UVB rays--the rays that cause
the sunburn you see and feel--but not from UVA rays--the
cancer-causing rays that penetrate deeper into the skin.
In this book, physicians Jill R. Schofield and William A.
Robinson team up to provide comprehensive information about
melanoma for patients and family members as well as those who are
concerned about getting the disease. They provide the latest
information on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and
follow-up, and answer a host of questions, such as: - I use a
number 15 sunscreen. Is that enough? - I have been under a lot of
stress lately. Did that make me get melanoma? - If the melanoma
comes back, when will it happen? - Is there a blood test to tell if
the melanoma has spread? - Is a mole more likely to turn into
melanoma if it's in a place where my clothes rub?
In addition, the authors describe who is at risk and tell
readers how to determine their level of risk; describe skin warning
signs and unusual forms of melanoma; talk about melanoma in
children, pregnant women, and people whose immune systems are
compromised; and take a look at what's on the horizon in diagnosis
and treatment. The book is fully illustrated with color photographs
and line drawings and includes a glossary and a guide to
resources--support and advocacy organizations, and web sites--for
people with melanoma.
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