While there is no known direct cause, factors that increase the risk of Melanoma are family history, numerous or unusual moles, fair skin, severe sunburns, ultraviolet radiation (from sun or other source) and weakened immune system from disease or malnutrition. Nutrition and exercise seem to play a significant role in the risks for cancer of any kind.
The following images give you an idea of the differences between Early Melanoma (Left) and a normal mole (right). You can click on the image to enlarge it.
The ABCD's can help you detect
Asymmetry-the shape of one half doesn't match the other.
Border-edges are often ragged, notched, blurred or irregular.
Color-uneven, often with shades of black, brown, tan, white, grey, red, pink or blue.
Diameter-a change in size, usually an increase...usually larger than 1/4 inch.
Melanomas may not have all 4 of the ABCD's and may appear very different from our example picture. If you are unsure of what you're seeing, it's best to visit your doctor.
In the early stages of melanoma the prognosis is usually very good. It can be easily treated by removing the cancerous tissue and a surrounding margin of healthy tissue. In the middle stages the prognosis is still often good. The surgery is more serious and may include removal of nearby lymph nodes. My brother had about a pound of tissue removed from his back and has had no recurrence in over 6 years. Unfortunately, if Melanoma reaches stage 4, the prognosis is not very good at all. Treatment options usually include only pain and symptom relief, sometimes accompanied by surgery to remove tumors found in other parts of the body. No matter what the prognosis, though, people have been known to survive and there is always hope of a treatment breakthrough. Keep fighting!
If you've been diagnosed with a malignant Cancer, always retest and get a second opinion from another doctor. Once confirmed, work with your doctor to make sure nothing you do interferes with the medical treatment. Get the specific diagnosis in writing, including the name and stage of the Cancer. Search the National Cancer Institute and other websites to learn all that's being done for your cancer. Print relevant pages and make a list of specific questions for your doctor. Write down his answers and check them on the web. I know the doctor has a good education, but this is your health and your life. The actions to help prevent Cancer below can often be used in stronger doses to fight cancer, but check with your doctor.
To help prevent Cancer: If your family or lifestyle (see causes, above) puts you at a higher risk, you should consider these things essential to help prevent Cancer: Follow a low fat diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fill your life with aerobic activity and exercise. Make sure you're drinking enough water. Supplement your diet with natural Multi-Vitamins and Multi-Minerals, along with extra doses of the following to strengthen your immune system:
Vitamin C and
Organic Germanium; 300-450mg divided into 3 doses a day.
Fiber; 12-15 grams extra from vegetable sources or supplements.
Garlic; 3 cloves per day.
Omega 3; 3 per day, 1 at beginning of each meal.
Lecithin; taken with the Omega 3.
Cancer is at best frightening, frustrating and painful...at worst, fatal. We both know there are no guaranteed cures or quick fixes, whether medicine, nutrition, herbs or anything else. Many illnesses are "incurable" from the medical standpoint. Complete healing is possible...including mind, body and spirit...from God. If you want God's help with this or any problem, go to Healing From God.
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