The Melanoma Paradox-

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While the number of skin cancer cases—specifically for melanoma—is anticipated to increase by 14 percent this year, the number of deaths from melanoma is decreasing by 4 percent.1

There is no paradox here. Analysis without bias is what is required. Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) said “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Applying this philosophy to the melanoma paradox,

  • Melanoma diagnoses will increase by 14% in 2017
  • Melanoma deaths will decrease by 4% in 2017
  • Melanoma is incurable with an average five-year survival rate of less than 10%– current standard-of-care therapies don’t help much-
Picture of Malignant Melanoma

Based on the assumptions above I believe that melanoma is over diagnosed. This over diagnosis may be a matter of “better safe than sorry” for the patient. While over diagnosis will cost insurers and patients more money, over diagnoses may save lives in the long run.

The real issue is possible over-treatment. Undergoing chemo for a diagnosis of melanoma can be rough on the patient. Especially if the patient doesn’t have cancer.

It is important to understand that there are evidence-based, non-toxic therapies that studies have shown will reduce the risk of melanoma becoming metastatic.

I am a cancer survivor of a different but incurable cancer. I have learned that cancer patients must look beyond conventional oncology when it comes to managing their own incurable cancers.

Have you been diagnosed with melanoma? What stage? Please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

THE SKIN CANCER PARADOX

“Recent statistics from the American Cancer Society revealed a paradox about skin cancer: While the number of skin cancer cases—specifically for melanoma—is anticipated to increase by 14 percent this year, the number of deaths is decreasing by 4 percent.1,2 How can it be that while new cases are on the rise, so is the number of survivors?

We asked skin cancer experts Ivor Caro, M.D. and Josina Reddy, M.D., Ph.D., to help make sense of this puzzling statistic and point to ways that may help reduce skin cancer rates…

In instances where surgery alone can’t treat skin cancer, medicines targeting specific gene mutations that cause skin cancers are now available to patients, as well as treatments that stimulate the immune system to recognize skin cancers and mount an attack on them.9 These types of therapies used to treat advanced forms of skin cancer may slow the growth of the cancer or make it shrink...1,6″

 

 

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David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started PeopleBeatingCancer.org as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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