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Melanoma. The incidence of melanoma is 1 in 84. The new estimate for the year 2000 is 1 in 75. So these are melanoma, melenoma, skin cancer, canser

In 1999  itís estimated that there will be 40,300 new cases of melanoma with and additional 20,000 to 40,000 in situ ones that havenít spread, diagnosed in the United States. The mortality rates have risen by 2% a year since 1950. The rapid rise in the last few decades have made melanoma second only to lung cancer, in women, in morbidity and mortality. The U.S. incidence has tripled in the last four decades, faster than any other cancer. The survival rate is

The ABCD system, which is asymmetry, for the A. One side is different that the other. B is the border. The border is irregular. Itís scalloped, itís not regular. C is the color. Thereís different colors. Whether itís jet black or whether itís brown or whether itís tan, thereís different colors. Thereís different shades of pigmentation.

What I wanted to talk about, what my point was, is this study which is a study done in Scotland I believe. What they did was they took the ABCD system and applied it for melanomas and what they found is you are miss some. But if you also took into account change in color, change in size, change is surface characteristics, change in consistency, change in symptomatology, change in shape, change in surrounding skin, youíve pretty much picked up all the melanomas. What is that? That means a change in a mole no matter what. If somebody says, "My moleís growing" and if you notice on yourself that a mole is growing, itís 30% bigger than it was for you to notice that. So youíve got a mole that is now 1/3 size larger than it was. So it takes awhile for you to notice things. So what the study says

This is a mole from about four weeks ago. This lady came in with a lesion on her breast and she said, "I went to my family practice doctor and he told me that it seems like something you ought to see somebody about" and she said, "I waited six months." I looked at this and if you look at this, it is pretty normal in color. The border is regular, really. Itís fairly symmetric. Thereís a little bit here thatís not over here. And actually it was about 5 mm. I told her this story and I said, "You know, this mole looks benign to me but the rule is, if somebody comes in with a mole thatís