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All About Melanoma

Show Summary - August 17, 2009

Monologue.

Sharon welcomed the listeners and talked about the importance of water in life and life in water. She said that it is imperative for everyone to realize the importance of water, to drink plenty of water and to carry water with them if they are unsure of a water source. Dehydration, or lack of water, is out of control in our world and causes or contributes to ailments from allergies to obesity.

Guest:Tim Turham

Tim Turham (Hillsborough, NJ), Executive Director, the Melanoma Research Foundation. "Recognizing, Preventing and Treating Melanoma."

Melanoma is the most serous form of skin cancer and also the most rapidly increasing, at a rate of 15% a year. This at a time when most other cancers are decreasing.

Sharon believes that this is due in part to dehydration and the stresses of pollution, indoor environments, global drying, and solar radiation. Every human, from the moment of birth, must deal with dehydration and make sure they drink enough water. This is especially true in Argentina and Australia, where solar radiation is more intense, and in China, with its worst-in-the-world air pollution. It is also true in the United States.

There is a tremendous need for large-scale public education in preventing and recognizing melanoma, which has a 98% cure rate if caught early.

It should be noted that while there is a strong link between melanoma and past UV/solar exposure, not all melanomas occur on sun-exposed areas. They can occur on the palm of the hands, so there are other factors as well.

Factors that indicate high risk are fair skin, easy burning, living in an area with high solar radiation, lack of sun protection, a family history of melanoma and a history of blistering sunburns (which can turn into melanoma 40 years later).

The key is to pay attention to your skin and look for changes, especially in moles. Rapid growth, irregular margins, multi-colored and larger than a pencil eraser are indicators of a melanoma tumor.

And know that tanning is not good for your skin.

Categories: Health and wellness; International Health Organizations; 2009