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Melanoma- definition, treatment, survival rates-

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“The incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has increased by more than 250% among children, adolescents and young adults since 1973”

The year the study, linked and excerpted below, began, was 1973. My guess is that I got badly sunburned during my spring break vacation that year. My family usually went somewhere warm for spring breaks and I spent the first day outside, in only a bathing suit, with no sun block. Getting burned.

I am a long-term cancer survivor of a completely different cancer. As part of my conventional therapies back in ’95 and’96 I underwent local radiation and a bone marrow transplant. Both therapies increased my risk of skin cancer. I have six (6) of the “risks” listed below for melanoma. Not only do I have moles all over my skin but I had a mole removed from my face a few years ago. The pathology report was “inconclusive.”

So you can understand why I have spent hours researching skin cancer. Interestingly I have found dozens of studies that cite non-conventional therapies for skin cancer. Therapies such as botanicals to reduce my risk of skin cancer and integrative therapies to enhance the efficacy of convention skin cancer chemotherapy, should I ever be formally diagnosed with melanoma.

Melanoma at a glance-

Risks UV Exposure, HPV, Genetics, Skin Pigment, Moles, Immunosuppression, Previous Skin Cancer Diagnosis, 
Symptoms- Mole, Shape (A,B,C,D,E), Itching, Bleeding, 
Diagnosis- Visual Inspection, Skin Biopsy 
Prognosis Staging, In-situ, I, II, III, IV,  Five year survival rates
TherapyConventional, Non-Conventional, Integrative, Alternative

 If you have been diagnosed with melanoma the key is for you to get an accurate diagnosis so you can make intelligent decisions about your therapies. In general I have found the worse one’s prognosis, the more aggressive the cancer survivor will be regarding his/her therapies.

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Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Melanoma rates dramatically increasing in children and young adults

“The incidence of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, has increased by more than 250% among children, adolescents and young adults since 1973, according to new research…

Female young adults appear to be at particular risk for melanoma, a trend that may be due to known risk factors such as high-risk tanning behaviors…

The reality is that melanoma is the third most common cancer in those 15 to 39 years old, and these numbers have been steadily increasing…