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Dangerous skin cancer




The German Cancer Society has worked out new guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of cancerous melanomaa disease with unfavorable prognosis. Cancerous melanoma is responsible for 90% of deaths from skin cancer. The incidence has increased 5-fold within the last 30 years and UV radiation is believed to be an important cause. Caucasian populations are most affected.



Dangerous skin cancer

Claus Garbe of Tbingen University and his coauthors present the treatment of melanoma in the current edition of Deutsches rzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008; 105[49]: 845-51). Physicians should confirm the diagnosis by histopathology after complete surgical removal of the tumor. The German Cancer Society recommends specific therapys or therapeutic combinations, depending on the thickness of the tumor and its stage. For example, if the tumor has more than a specific thickness, it is recommended that the primary tumor should be surgically removed, together with the sentinel lymph nodes and in combination with immunotherapy. If surgical removal is not possible, radiotherapy is indicated. If there are distant metastases, physicians should perform monochemotherapy.


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The German Cancer Society has worked out new guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of cancerous melanomaa disease with unfavorable prognosis. Cancerous melanoma is responsible for 90% of deaths from skin cancer. The incidence has increased 5-fold within the last 30 years and UV radiation is believed to be an important cause. Caucasian populations are most affected.

Medicineworld.org: Dangerous skin cancer

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