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Unformatted text preview: Melanoma Epidemiology In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of skin cancer cases. Incidence in the UK is estimated to be around 8,000 cases a year. Incidence in Australia, New Zealand and America is much higher. Malignant melanoma accounts for approximately 10% of all skin cancers and can affect people of all ages; however it is much more common in those aged 40-60. About 10% of patients have a family member who has also been diagnosed or received treatment for malignant melanoma. Diagnosis There is no blood test for detecting melanomas. Visual diagnosis of melanomas is still the most common method employed by health professionals. Diagnosis of malignant melanoma may be confirmed by an excision biopsy. This involves the removal of the suspicious lesion and some surrounding skin under local anaesthetic for analysis by histology. A second wider excision may be required and, if a large area of skin is removed, a skin graft may be needed....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10