Each year, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, and it affects people of all ages. Indeed, a headline from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, says, "Milder skin cancers [are] becoming more common among young [people]; consequences could lie ahead." An estimated 8,650 people die each year from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The good news is that the vast majority of skin cancers can be completely cured if discovered early enough.
In this book, you'll read case studies of people with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma and learn how these skin cancers develop. You'll also discover the risk factors for skin cancer and information on how to prevent it, giving the facts you need to know to protect yourself, your friends, and your family from this most common of all cancers.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Series:||USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A recently retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Body's Largest Organ 4
Chapter 1 The Skin 8
Chapter 2 Cancer and Skin 22
Chapter 3 Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma 36
Chapter 4 Melanoma 54
Chapter 5 Preventing Skin Cancer 74
Chapter 6 Life After Skin Cancer 92
Chapter 7 Promising Research 104
Source Notes 121
Selected Bibliography 122
Further Reading and Websites 123
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When many people think about major organs in the body, they seldom think about the skin, the largest of them all. The skin "weights about 9 or 10 pounds" and if it "were stretched out, it would cover 20 to 22 square feet (about 2 square meters). When people think about their hearts most of them realize that it is important to eat heart healthy meals in order to optimize the health of this major organ, yet few give a second thought to the health of their skin. Many purchase moisturizing lotions, lotions that make the skin soft and supple, but there are other protective measures we need to consider, especially when we expose our skin to the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun. People used to think that tanned skin was a sign of glowing good health, but in reality "tanned skin is a sign of sun damage." Alexandria, one of the many young people portrayed in this book, bluntly states that "The idea of a perfect tan means little when you're dealing with the removal of precancerous sunspots." Other portrayals discuss much more insidious growths such as the more dangerous and aggressive melanomas. In this book you will learn about the physiological functions of the skin including, but not limited to, temperature regulation, you'll learn how it "protects us from the environment," minimizes blood loss, absorbs needed medication via patches, and helps "eliminates waste products." In a nut shell, "Our skin is a highly specialized organ that constantly communicates and interacts with the environment" in order to keep us safe. But what happens when we neglect the health of our skin and opt not to protect ourselves? Have you ever heard of the following cancers: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma? If you hear them coming from a doctor's lips you'd wished you'd taken better care of your skin. This amazingly informative book on skin cancer is an eye opening, potentially lifesaving learning experience. I was quite impressed with this very well-written treatise on skin cancer. It was by no means alarmist, yet does not diminish or minimize the importance of protecting oneself from the deadly result of overexposure to ultraviolet rays, especially those absorbed from tanning beds. The portraits, all of which come from young people, are especially striking and, in some cases, poignant. When I heard young Nate cry out from the pages, it struck a chord: "I'm twenty-three years old now, still young. I have a long way to go. I want to grow old. The fact is, I could have died." The text in some sections is necessarily medically oriented, but in its entirety is very readable. In essence, this book simply asks all of us to wake up and die right, not early, nor as a result of negligence. There are numerous photographs (some graphic), microphotographs of cancer cells, informative sidebars, and charts scattered throughout the book. There are many fascinating period USA Today articles discussing skin cancer. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, a listing of important resources, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: This amazingly informative book on skin cancer is an eye opening, potentially lifesaving learning experience.