New Report About Melanoma Statistics: “9 of 10 Melanoma Surgeries Not Necessary”
Report reveals new melanoma statistics. As many as 90% of all melanoma surgeries might have been unnecessary removals of benign skin-lesions. The suffering of one million Americans and billions of dollars in healthcare costs could have been saved.
The latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology contains a report from the survey “Accuracy in melanoma detection: A 10-year multi-center survey”.
The purpose of the survey was to investigate the relationship between necessary excision of malign melanoma and unnecessary removals of benign lesions.
In some non-specialized clinics the number of unnecessary removals was as much as 30 times higher than the necessary excisions.
This means that in some dermatologists’ clinics, 9 out of 10 “melanoma-victims” were misled to have a piece of their skin sliced away. When extrapolating the average figures in the survey to one million American victims, as many as 900,000 may have suffered needlessly.
And as if the personal sufferings by almost a million of innocent victims are not enough, the report also states: “…unnecessary excision of benign lesions increases morbidity and healthcare costs.”
So if there is no real “melanoma-epidemic” going on, what then makes millions of people queue outside the dermatologists’ doors, worried about a spot on their skin? And what makes the good feeling of being in the sun to get a dark lining of guilt if not having slathered on a bottle of sun-screen lotion first?
Dr. Guiseppe Argenziano, the lead author of the report, explains the increased amounts of visits like this … ”Today especially young people with many nevi go to the internet and discover to be at risk to develop melanoma. That’s why they come more frequently than in the past.”
In reality however, the driving force is a cleverly executed and masked marketing campaign for sales of sun-protection cosmetics.
Even if sunlight has not become more dangerous today than it was before sun-screen was invented, we are made to believe that it has and that we have to protect ourselves all the time.
And the melanoma statistics is the foundation of this marketing campaign.
“If we take a look at who are the sponsors of campaigns like ‘the melanoma awareness month’, we will find the main producers of sun-screen cosmetics. And if we examine reports supporting the inflated skin-cancer statistics and risks from UV-exposure, we will find that they are bankrolled by companies making remedies for skin-disorders.”
Olson also states: “The only reason I can see why dermatologists and their branch-organizations are playing along is because they are either corrupt or misled to believe that they are actually doing something noble. More surprisingly, the “melanoma-epidemic” is taken for real also by cancer councils and health authorities. This is harder to explain since the side-effect from overprotection against melanoma has led to another, and in this case real, epidemic; the vitamin D deficiency that has been proved to increase the risk for all types of cancers.”
His conclusion is that everyone who gets the diagnosis of melanoma, should get a second opinion from a specialized clinic. This will considerably reduce the risk to get an ugly scar for the rest of their lives.
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