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Surviving Melanoma May Take Different Toll on Women, Men
Date:2/22/2011

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Dr. Darrell. S. Rigel, past president of the American Academy of Dermatology and currently a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said the findings came as little surprise.

"You see differences even on the front end, when women are much more often than men to be the ones to uncover their melanoma," he noted. "Also, given the fact that melanoma is often a very young disease, with a mean age of 47, I can certainly see how the emotional implications for women would be greater in light of the fact that it often strikes when women have children, and would bring about obvious concerns for them about who's going to take care of their family if their disease returns."

"But on a positive note, I'd say that women are always the leaders when it comes to the health care of their family," Rigel added. "Not just for melanoma, but for everything. So, again, when it comes to prevention and subsequent behavioral changes that should clearly be taken to limit risk after treatment, women are just better, always, than men."

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There's more on melanoma at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCES: Darrell. S. Rigel, M.D., F.A.A.D., clinical professor, dermatology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, and past president, American Academy of Dermatology; Feb. 21, 2011, news release, American Medical Association; February 2011 Archives of Dermatology


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