Dermatologists hate the sun, they hate the sun–go to a dermatologist convention and see pasty faced people with hats on indoors.
Melanoma comes in many flavors, and the most benign flavor is getting diagnosed more because of a plethora of people who are afraid and docs ready to biopsy.
Do you really think the CDC is telling the truth about the rate of Melanoma, apples to apples?
Do you think the CDC doesn’t have a dog in the fight to scare people.
Oh, and did you read the recent report that sunscreens don’t prevent Melanoma?
And are you prepared to accept the idea that all melanomas are equally malignant and invasive.
And would you believe that the counts are sometimes puffed up by including other types of skin cancers when officials want to scare people. And did you know that squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers are only rarely invasive and deadly? Malignant melanoma can be a very bad and virulent skin cancer, no doubt.
Here’s the AMA news item on the report from the CDC.
CDC: Incidence of melanoma has doubled in the US in the last 30 years.
The Los Angeles Times (6/3, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that “the incidence of melanoma…has doubled in the U.S. in the last 30 years and is on track to remain high unless Americans take more precautions to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said” yesterday. The “Vital Signs study” was “published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” The blog adds that while “Melanomas account for only 2% of skin cancers…they are the deadliest kind, according to the National Cancer Institute.”
On its website, CBS News (6/3, Cohen) reports that in a statement, Dr. Lisa Richardson, the director of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said, “If we take action now, we can prevent hundreds of thousands of new cases of skin cancers, including melanoma, and save billions of dollars in medical costs.”
Melanoma rates up among US children, young adults. Health Day (6/3, Dallas) reports that research indicates that “melanoma…has increased by 250 percent among U.S. children and young adults since the 1970s.” The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.
Melanoma has attracted our attention before. Another scaremonger campaign reinforced by physicians with an agenda.
You would think melanoma is mowing people down–not so.
A JS archive on the issue: