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90 Percent of Melanoma Surgeries are Unnecessary, Study Finds

Melanoma Surgery

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  • A new report claims that 90 percent of melanoma surgeries are actually unnecessary removals of benign lesions, raising questions about the accuracy of the “melanoma epidemic.” The report highlights the necessity to get a second, and perhaps even a third opinion from a specialized clinic before going under the scalpel
  • The American Academy of Dermatology recently made the bizarre claim that “UV rays are not very efficient in creating vitamin D in the skin. However, no corroborating evidence has been produced to back up this provocative statement
  • UVB exposure has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production, including enhancement of mood and energy, melatonin regulation, suppression of MS symptoms, and the treatment of skin diseases
  • Exposure to UVB light may also be protective against melanoma (the most lethal form of skin cancer), whereas UVA radiation is associated with skin damage

By Dr. Mercola

A new report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology claims that 90 percent of melanoma patients may not only have had their skin lesions removed unnecessarily, but may also have actually increased their morbidity risk by doing so.


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