Links for Skin Cancer and Melanoma

The Melanoma Foundation

This site is in Sydney, Australia. It discusses how skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in western societies where light coloured skin and outdoor lifestyles dominate. This site offers a comprehensive overview of the issues that face health care professionals and sufferers from this common and, often, misunderstood disease. This site discovered by student Arcadi Kolchak.  Mr. S gives this site a 9.

Welcome to, your source for information on melanoma and its treatment. This iste is somewhat commercial, but it certainly is a useful site. You can find some good diagrams and statistics as well. Rated an 8. This site found by Kira Moss from 4th Period. Thanks Kira!

The Melanoma Education Fund

"The Melanoma Education Fund is a non-profit organization which provides education about this tragic disease, emphasizing the importance of monthly self-examination of the skin to detect melanomas early while they are thin and curable. We are especially interested in reaching adolescents and young adults who are often unaware of melanoma and their own vulnerability to it. We also want to educate parents who, by acting now, can prevent the tragedy of melanoma from affecting their children as adults. The Fund was established by the family of Daniel N. Fine, who died of melanoma in October, 1998 at the age of 26." The above info from the website. Site gets a 6. Site found by Kira Moss.

Skin Cancer Foundation

Ever wonder about the safety of tanning? This site has the info.

National Cancer Institute

Definition of skin cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the skin. When cancer forms in cells that make pigment, it is called melanoma. When cancer forms in cells that do not make pigment it may begin in basal cells (small, round cells in the base of the outer layer of skin) or squamous cells (flat cells that form the surface of the skin). Both types of skin cancer usually occur in skin that has been exposed to sunlight, such as the skin on the face, neck, hands, and arms.

American Cancer Society

Most of the more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are considered to be sun-related. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for about 59,940 cases of skin cancer in 2007 and most (about 8,110) of the 10,850 deaths due to skin cancer each year.

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