The Non "Epidemic" of Melanoma

Seems melanoma has become another "epidemic," at least that's the way conventional medicine sees it. Although American researchers found skin biopsies have more than doubled over the past two decades -- a figure nearly the same as the rise in the incidence of early-stage melanoma -- death rates or the incidence of advanced disease didn't change.

The study (full free text link below) argues, if the environment was really doing something to cause people to get skin cancer, there would increases in cancers across the board, at all sorts of stages. (That's what happened, for example, when lung cancer became linked to smoking.) In fact, the incidence of early-stage melanomas was a good sign there was little to worry about, scientists said.

Moreover, these results made researchers wonder if skin cancer screenings directed toward healthy people were very much a waste of money.

Sounds much like a story I posted last year about a dermatologist who disputed the connection between melanoma and the sun as inconclusive and inconsistent, as well as the "outbreak" of melanoma.

Although too much sun can cause skin cancer, getting the right amount of sun daily can prevent it. Exposure to the sun provides many benefits such as the formation of vitamin D, a deficiency most people have. (To be certain your vitamin D levels are where they should be, have your doctor your blood tested.)

And stay away from sunscreens, as they can increase your risk of cancer.

British Medical Journal August 4, 2005 Free Full Text Article

Wilmington Star-News August 9, 2005

New York Times August 9, 2005 Registration Required

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