What You Really Need to Know about Moles and Melanoma (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)

July 10, 2013 - Comment

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

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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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" says:

Life-Saving Information for 1 in 70 People! If caught in time, curing skin cancer is simple. If not caught soon enough, skin cancer is usually fatal. At the same time, skin cancer’s prevalence is rapidly increasing. Within our lifetimes, it may well be the major source of deaths from cancer . . . unless we all become more vigilant.

Anonymous says:

I Really Needed to Know A Lot About Moles and Melanoma! When news that my daughter had been diagnosed and treated for an early melanoma reached me, I first made an appointment for my husband and me with a dermatologist, and then began searching the net for information. When two months later I too was diagnosed with an early melanoma I searched even harder! I found Dr.s Scholield and Robinson’s book to be the most informative in all of my readings. The pictures show the lay person “normal” moles, pre-malignant lesions early and late melanomas. The chapters on causes, skin sign warnings, prevention, detection and treatment helped me to understand my disease. The last chapter on research is encouraging. I feel much more equiped to deal with the disease and I feel much more confident in what to look for on my skin and my husbands as well. This is a readable book that belongs in the library of any patient or caretaker of a melanoma patient. It is also invaluable for all of the sun worshipers who have the fear of skin cancer…

Anonymous says:

If you have melanoma, you need to read this book I was diagnosed with melanoma in June, and have been on a search for responsible information ever since. This book is packed full with exactly the information I needed to know. It neither talks down to me nor tries to impress me with its medical jargon. It has real, solid, practical information and statistics that are easy to understand. This is a wonderful tool to use in your arsenal against this nasty, vicious disease. Recommended highly, without reservation, for anyone with melanoma or for the family or friends of those who have it. Knowledge is power.

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