melanoma

  1. New moles are overlooked melanoma risk factor

    Spot melanoma in 3 easy ways

    It's one of the nation's DEADLIEST cancers -- and unlike many other forms of the disease, this one is on the rise.

    But you don't have to die of melanoma. This cancer is easy to spot, treat, cure, and beat.

    So why does melanoma claim nearly 200 lives every single week? Because many people still don't know what to look for!

    It's a lot harder than it seems -- and new research shows how the main warning sign most folks watch for isn't actually the biggest risk factor for melanoma.

    And that means even if you keep careful watch on your skin, you could MISS the warning signs of this deadly disease!

    If you know anything about watching for melanoma, you know about keeping an eye on your moles. Changes in moles, especially to their size and shape, are a key warning sign of skin cancer.

    But the new study shows how most cases of melanoma don't spring from those existing moles.

    The much bigger risk factor is a NEW mole that appears out of the blue!

    More than 70 percent of melanoma cases are from new moles, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

    You might think that makes your job even simpler: Just watch for new moles, right?

    While that's true, it's far from simple. Many people don't spot new moles early, especially if they already have a few. Throw in some freckles and other common skin marks, and what's one new little dot mixed in among all the others?

    But that's exactly what you need to look for, as the study finds these new moles are not only more likely to become melanoma... but also tend to be "thicker," which makes them more dangerous and tougher to treat.

    You don't have to face any of those risks. I've got three simple steps that can help prevent melanoma.

    First, keep watching those old moles since they still pose a risk. Second, study your skin, and take photos if having those images will help you.

    Whether it's an old mole changing or a new one appearing, the key to spotting melanoma is as simple as "ABCDE":

    • A means asymmetrical, when one side looks different from the other.
    • B is for the border, which can be irregular instead of a circle.
    • C is for the color, especially different or changing shades.
    • D is the diameter, with bigger moles posing bigger risks.
    • E is for evolution, or changes over time.

    That leads me to Step 3. Don't wait until you spot a problem to visit a dermatologist.

    Get checked out regularly -- especially if you're at risk for skin cancer, as a doctor can help spot a newer mole in time to get you treated.

  2. Melanoma screenings save lives

    How to beat the deadliest form of skin cancer

    It's everything wrong with modern medicine in a single report.

    There's a simple screening for one of the deadliest cancers that takes just a few minutes and requires nothing more than the skilled eyes of an experienced doctor.

    Yet the mainstream is trying to do away with it -- no doubt to save money instead of lives.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force claims skin cancer screenings shouldn't be offered routinely because there's no proof that they save lives.

    Try telling that to anyone alive today thanks to an eagle-eyed doc who spotted a melanoma during a full-body once-over!

    The reason the USPSTF can claim there's "no proof" is that most skin cancers were never deadly to begin with. More than 99 percent are carcinomas, which are usually treated in a simple outpatient procedure.

    Since the deadly form of skin cancer is far rarer, then from a purely statistical point of view, the odds of a skin cancer screening saving your life are pretty low.

    Statistically speaking, your odds of being struck by lightning are pretty low, too -- but when you hear thunder and see the flash, you'd still best take cover.

    Melanoma is a lot more common -- and a lot deadlier -- than lightning. Every year, this disease kills more than 10,000 Americans.

    And while studies show that patients are pretty good at detecting melanoma themselves, they miss one crucial element: timing.

    By the time you spot your own melanoma, it is often much more advanced and much tougher to treat. Docs, on the other hand, are better at spotting them earlier -- so you have a better chance of survival.

    One study found that those screenings will cut the risk of deadlier melanomas overall by 14 percent, and the deadliest ones of all by 40 percent.

    Since they're so rare, that might be a statistical blip that won't show up on some bureaucrat's cost-benefits analysis.

    But if it saves YOUR life, you can bet that's a very real benefit for you.

    Unfortunately, modern medicine is dominated by penny-pinching insurance company bean-counters -- and I've had to watch my own patients fight these skinflints tooth and nail to get even the most basic life-saving tests.

    Don't let these crooks try to force you into their spreadsheet.

    While some screenings certainly can cause more harm than good, a skin-cancer checkup isn't one of them.

    There's no radiation... nothing to swallow... no needles, knives, ointments, or machines.

    All it takes is a good doctor's pair of eyes and a few minutes in a brightly-lit room.

    So fight for your right to get screened, especially if you have melanoma risk factors such as moles, freckles, and fair skin.

    The irony is that while mainstream medicine is trying to cut back on the tests you DO need, they're still pushing the dangerous ones you DON'T need.

  3. Melanoma can strike on the feet

    Melanoma can hit any part of the body – even places that never get sun, like the soles of your feet.
  4. Men’s bedroom-boosting meds linked to deadly melanoma

    Viagra can increase the risk of skin cancer by creating the perfect conditions for a malignant melanoma tumor, according to a new study.
  5. Moderate alcohol can cause skin cancer

    Even a moderate drinking habit can increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to new research.
  6. The secret to avoiding skin cancer

    I’m sure you’ve heard it said about a million times by now: The best way to avoid skin cancer is to stay out of the sun -- and don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen when you do dare to step outside. But no matter how many times you hear it, it’s still not true.
  7. The dangers of tanning beds

    Let's call this what it really is: An unhealthy fascination with an unhealthy skin condition that can lead to cancer.

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