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Melanoma: How to Prevent & Treat the Deadliest Skin Cancer

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: It's been reported that former President Jimmy Carter has been diagnosed with melanoma. What are treatment options?
Air Date: 9/11/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Sharad P. Paul, MD
Sharad Paul Dr. Sharad P. Paul holds senior academic positions in skin cancer and surgery at major universities in Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of Skin, a Biography (4th Estate) and most recently a skin cancer textbook (by Springer USA) edited by him will be published in the USA.

He has received several commendations for his work in the field of skin cancer surgery, including a health innovation award. In 2012, he was awarded the 'Chair's Award' - the highest award conferred by the NZ Medical Association – and one that is only awarded to only one doctor across all medical specialties. He was also a finalist for the New Zealander of the Year award.

Dr Sharad P. Paul also holds a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Glasgow, and is a published author of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and medical textbooks. Dr. Paul takes a day off a week to teach creative writing to disadvantaged school children and was named 'Open Heart Surgeon' by TIME magazine in 2008.
Melanoma: How to Prevent & Treat the Deadliest Skin Cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S.

Skin cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of your skin cells in areas that may have been overly exposed to the sun. There are several types of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most serious.

The cost to treat melanoma cancers in the U.S. have been projected to reach 3.2 billion dollars by 2020, according to the U.S. Government SunWise website.

Melanoma is listed as the leading cause of cancer death for young adults between the ages of 25-29. SunWise also states that 11,000 future cases of skin cancer can be prevented by safety measures to save the United States $30 million in medical costs and productivity.

How can you protect yourself from getting melanoma?

Sharad P. Paul, MD, shares how you can protect yourself from the deadliest form of skin cancer.
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