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Early Detection of Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers



This lecture provides an overview of skin cancer including risks, early detection, and treatment. Learn to identify the early signs of skin cancer. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin tumors will be ...

This lecture provides an overview of skin cancer including risks, early detection, and treatment. Learn to identify the early signs of skin cancer. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin tumors will be discussed and prevention of skin cancer will be emphasized.



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    Early Detection of Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers Early Detection of Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers Presentation Transcript

    • An Overview of Skin Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention Naheed R. Abbasi, MD, MPH Summit Medical Group July 11, 2012
    • Skin Cancer: An Epidemic 2012 SEER data reveal that the most prevalent type of cancer in men are prostate (43%), colorectal (9%) and melanoma (7%) ; in women the top three are breast (41%), uterine (8%) and colorectal (8%.) (Siegel R, Desantis C, Virgo K et al. CA Cancer J Clin 2012 June 14) Incidence of skin cancer is rising in both women and men and lifetime risk of invasive melanoma has increased from 1/100 in 1993 to 1/52 in 2012. (Rigel et al., NYU Melanoma Cooperative Group, 2012.) Among Caucasians in 2012, lifetime risk of melanoma is 1/55 in women and 1/36 in men.
    • Why Such An Epidemic? Ultraviolet light is still the greatest risk factor Tanning beds are a major culprit Baby boomers are living longer Sun protection has not always been practiced widely by Americans, and childhood sun exposures play a major role in skin cancer risk.
    • Key Skin Cancer Risk Factors Ultraviolet light, natural and artificial, cummulative Radiation Multiple nevi, especially dysplastic Family history Light skin, light eyes Skin that burns easily History of blistering sunburns, including childhood Chronic sores or inflammation
    • The Skin webmd.com
    • Basal Cell Carcinoma Most common type of skin cancer with 80% of lesions presenting on the head and neck Three main types: superficial, nodular and infiltrative Local invasion is the key risk in untreated cases or delayed diagnoses Presents with waxy, pearly, skin-colored, pink or red patches or plaques. Look out for red or scaly patches; red, flesh-colored or pink bumps or growths
    • Basal Cell Carcinoma: Images webmd.com
    • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Presents most commonly in heavily sun-exposed areas Associated with chronic inflammation or ulceration Can present in a precancerous stage (actinic keratosis); a non-invasive stage (in-situ or Bowen’s disease) or invasive SCC. Main symptom is a red, dry scaly patch or a growing bump that is red, pink or flesh-colored.
    • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Images medicinenet.com ; dermatology.ucsf.edu; dermis.net
    • Melanoma Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease A disorder of melanocytes, melanoma can begin in normal skin, within a mole, or within a freckle Four commonly defined subtypes are superficial spreading, nodular, lentigo maligna, and acral lentiginous Rarely can occur in the eye (iris or retina)
    • Melanoma: Clinical Images wikipedia.org ;webmd.org; dermnetnz.org
    • ABCDE’s of Melanoma ABCDE’s of melanoma  -Asymmetry  -Border irregularity  -Color Variegation  -Diameter >6mm  -Evolution Abbasi, NR et al. JAMA 2004 Dec 8 ;292 (22):2771-6.
    • Some Benign Skin Lesionswebmd.com; mayoclinic.com; medicinenet.com; dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu
    • Treatment of Skin Cancer Prevention and early detection are key factors in patient success Topical creams/chemotherapeutic agents (5-fluorouracil, imiquimod, etc.) Radiation in rare instances Surgery is the mainstay  Electrodessication and curettage  Traditional excision  Mohs micrographic surgery Advanced melanoma treatments (interferon, chemotherapy)
    • Prevention of Skin Cancer Sun avoidance Sunscreens  SPF = sun protection factor, a measure of UVB protection  UVA blockers of significance are avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide  Sunscreens should be applied liberally and reapplied every 2-3 hours if skin is getting wet Protective clothing
    • Conclusions Skin cancer is a common problem whose incidence is increasing in the US Understanding the appearance of skin cancer aids the public in early detection While most forms of skin cancer are treatable, disease can and does present in advanced states Since skin cancer is largely preventable, physicians and the lay public must strive to increase awareness and modify destructive behaviors
    • For more information Call (908) 273.4300Visit: summitmedicalgroup.com Connect with us on Facebook/SummitMedicalNJ Twitter: @SummitMedicalNJ