MPIP: Melanoma Patients Information Page

The MPIP is the oldest and largest community of people affected by melanoma hosted through the Melanoma Research Foundation. It is designed to provide support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. Once you have been touched by melanoma—either as a patient or as a family member or friend of a patient—you become part of a community. It is not a community anyone joins willingly. But if you must be part of this group, you will find no better place to find the tools you need in your journey with this cancer, and the friends who can make that journey more bearable.

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Hi,

Its been a while since I posted an update on me. I just went for a full oncology workup last Wednesday......PET/CT scans, blood work, and clinical exam and a one hour discussion with my melanoma oncologist and melanoma nurse practitioner. Everything is normal, I am NED. NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER!!!! I am working for 5 months now, feel great and LIFE IS GOOD! One year ago we were discussing right leg disarticulation (amputation from the hip socket). I am vigilant, do frequent body skin checks and daily leg checks, looking and feeling for new growths, lumps, bumps etc. I did four doses of Ipilimumab (yervoy) at 3mg/kg last December 2010 to February 2011. I have been NED since my PET/CT scan two weeks after my 4th Ipi dose.

Thank you all for being on this board. This is a wonderful support and information network! I may not post as often these days but thats because I am very busy living life and melanoma isnt taking up all my time right now!

Vermont_Donna, stage 3a, NED

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Last reply 2/3/2012 - 4:58pm

Did the brain mapping this morning. Pre admit, and then met with a trial nurse.  I've entered a brain met about a dura lining.  The best advantage was the meeting today with the research nurse who also had been Dr Asher's nurse for several years. She will be in the surgery tomorrow also.   She was so informative.  Went over the surgery step by step.  Answered every questions and relieved both of us.

Everyone who examed me today agreed that the steroids have destroyed my body.  This is going to be an issue a long with just normal recovery.  Hopefully they can remove the entire tumor and the edema will start to leave.  I do realize that surgery itself inflames the brain.  

I am soooo ready for this. I realize that this will take some time but I plan on getting my health back, therefore getting my life back. 

I've asked Lynn to update this site once my son updates my caring bridge site.  Actually I'm sitting in a hotel right now with my husband and my son has flown in and we are waiting right now for the shuttle to bring him.

I hope good news is posted that the entire tumor can be removed (location has been the problem). 

Linda

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Last reply 2/3/2012 - 12:38pm

No real updates this week. Went in on wednesday to draw labs and everything looked great. So far im not experiencing any side effect which is amazing compared to interferon. go back in two weeks for more tests. I can"t wait for my first scan, I'm really hoping for the best. Will keep everyone updated when i get more news. As for now i feel better than i have since my surgery in April of last year.Think i might go back to work monday for the first time since June and im actually excited about.

 

Cliff

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http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-scientists-molecular-melanoma-resi...

Looks interesting.  Hopefully this can translate into treatment quicly.

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Last reply 2/4/2012 - 11:13am

Greetings my melanoma clan...I"ve not posted, but I read everyday....I do now have a question...stage IIa diagnosed 9/2011...scalp...2cm around, clean margins, neg SNB...however, felt a hard nodule just on the edge of graft about a month ago...had hit my head there and had a sore, but it cursted, and then here's this...derm is almost positive it's a local recurrence which I understand is so not good...anyone have experience with local recurrence, any encouraging info?? thankyou so much...really

 

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Greetings my melanoma clan...I"ve not posted, but I read everyday....I do now have a question...stage IIa diagnosed 9/2011...scalp...2cm around, clean margins, neg SNB...however, felt a hard nodule just on the edge of graft about a month ago...had hit my head there and had a sore, but it cursted, and then here's this...derm is almost positive it's a local recurrence which I understand is so not good...anyone have experience with local recurrence, any encouraging info?? thankyou so much...really

 

beattiesa

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Greetings my melanoma clan...I"ve not posted, but I read everyday....I do now have a question...stage IIa diagnosed 9/2011...scalp...2cm around, clean margins, neg SNB...however, felt a hard nodule just on the edge of graft about a month ago...had hit my head there and had a sore, but it cursted, and then here's this...derm is almost positive it's a local recurrence which I understand is so not good...anyone have experience with local recurrence, any encouraging info?? thankyou so much...really

 

beattiesa

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Last reply 2/1/2012 - 9:49pm
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We have been interviewed by a drug company because of our the response we have had to their drug for melanoma and they are using it in the news and inside their company for training, etc.  They have asked us to do further interviews with them for the media.  It was suggested to us by one of their crew to make sure that we were given something in return - this was not something we had thought of at all - more about providing hope to others and celebrating our miracle; however, would it be possible or "morally right" to maybe ask for assurance that we would have access to the treatment in the future of we needed it.

Thanks for your opinions.

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Last reply 2/7/2012 - 3:53pm

Hello,

 

My brother,37, was just diagnosed with metastasized Melanoma in his  right lung. He has 3 legions, 2 inside and 1 outside the lung. He starts his IL2 treatment on Monday, February 6th. I have been doing non-stop research on this since I found out on Sunday. I have come across some very interesting treatments to do at the same time as the Il2, before and after.

PectaSol-C to slow down the cancer cells from growing.

Double Helix Water to repair the cells

Upping vitamin D levels to 10,000 iu/ day.

Completely cutting out ALL dairy, sugar, and breads.

Has anyone on this site had any positive results from using alternative medicine as well as IL2?

 

Any advise for him going in on Monday? How can my family support him the best? Is there something we should be bringing to the hospital or something we should avoid???

 

Thank you so much!

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Last reply 2/4/2012 - 12:54am

Well, I had a seizure yesterday, apparently one of the tumors in my brain, even though the biggest is only about 1cm, the swelling around it appeared to have disrupted some functions and a seizure occurred. Luckily I was at home, right here. I started to feel, a bit funny, kind of dizzy or out of it. I got up and walked to Brenda, as I was coming around the couch, my vision and ability to stand started to go, I remember telling her something was wrong, to call an ambulance, and I started saying a few panicky, emotional last words, because I thought this was it. It was really scary. Not knowing what was going on, I thought this was the end of me. I heard her yelling my name and everything went black. I woke up disoriented in an ambulance maybe 25 mins later. It wasn't until I was in the ER that I became fully aware of what was going on and what happened. Long story short, it was most likely the swelling that caused the seizure, they watched all my vitals for a couple hours, did a CT scan of my brain, called my doctor and gave me an anti-seizure medication. Then sent me home.

This morning I went to get my mask fitted for the SRS I'll be getting soon. Good news is, it's finally under way. Next Wednesday, all 4 will be getting zapped. The bad news is the  detailed "mapping" MRI they gave me last Friday revealed four new miniscule ones the last standard MRI didn't catch. They're tiny though, too small to even zap at this point. So in four weeks I'll have another MRI and they plan to zap out the remaining four right around then. Though they didn't want to do it, today they decided to put me on a low dose steroid to stop the swelling in my brain, I know it's not good for my immune system and past treatments, but it's kind of necessary right now, they plan to taper me off as soon as possible.

Lastly, tomorrow I'll be seeing an oncologist I haven't seen in a year and a half to be referred to the oncologist who's been taking care of me for the last year and a half. A CT of my chest will be ordered and in about two weeks we'll discuss that and any other possible treatments for me to try out.

Always hoping for the best.. for all of us.

Thanks for reading,
-Kevin

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Last reply 2/4/2012 - 5:29pm

Hello.. I am new here and I need some help. First some personal info. I am a 80 year ols. I had a CT scan in December for a totally different reason and the results came back showing a mass in my upper left lung consistant with lung Cancer.. I never smoked..so this was a shock,,the follow up Pet scan lit up where the mass was along with one node. A core biopsy of my lung came back with Metastatic Melanoma..even a bigger shock..since I have never had any type of skin lesions, of any kind. I met with a Melanoma specialist at OSU, James Cancer Center in Columbus last Thursday. The skin check reveled NO skin lesions of any kind..so the Primary site is unknown. I was given 3 treatment options..Temodor,Ipi or possibly Vemurafenib if I am B=Raf positive. I want to be as aggressive as possible..so I have pretty much decided not to go with the Temodor..the doctor wants to start me on the Ipi as she feels it has longer lasting  efects. I have tried to research as much as I can..and I am wondering if that is the way to go or not. The doctor feels that since the mass in my lung is causing no problems and I am having no symptoms that the Ipi should be the first line trestment. My thoughts are.. that I may or may not respond to the Ipi and it would ytake 4 or 5 months to know that..meanwhile this mass could grow and start to cause me problems..why not start first with the Vemurafenib..and shrink the mass..I would know very quikly..within a month or so if it works..and then try the Ipi (if possible) for long lasting results. Of course I am a total novice at this and the doctor has a lot more experience than I have. I have not built up a relationship with her or a feeling of trust as yst..I  did like her. I have not gone for a second opinion as yet..the nearest place for me to go would be Cleveland Clinic.. but franly when I looked on line..they didn't seen to be to big on Melanoma. I spoke with Johns Hoplkins and since my Son lives one hour away..it is a option. But I would have to stay here in Columbus for trestment. I live alone (daughter near by) I lost my Husband of 60 years 18 months ago and had been a full time caregiver and advocate for him. I caught so many medical mistakes and devrloped such a servere distast for doctors during that time..it is hard for me not to be a "control freak" when it comes to medical issues. My issticts have always been to go where I have to to get the best possible treatment..but the reality is// I am no longer a young as I was or as independent and traveling all over the country is no longer an option.I  really need to get some input here..so many of you have been on the journey that I am setting out on..can you help me? I have a appointment tomorrow at OSU to tell them of my decision...of course if I turn out to be B=Raf negative..then it's the Ippi..I look forward to replies.God bless you all

Joan

 

 

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Last reply 2/10/2012 - 4:51pm

Okay here goes....Diaganosed with atypical nodular non-pigmented Melanoma on 1/13/12.  Surgery a week later with SNB, week later path came back negative.  Original in office shave biopsy showed depth of 1.85mm, however in the scope it looked to be very active at the bottom of the shave.  So assumed I would probably move to Stage II.  However the good news is the SNB came back negative and the excision showed no sign of the Melanoma, so due to depth I went back to Stage Ib.  Now my head is still spinning with the wait and see attitude that everything is telling me, diligent skin exams and regular checkups.  Is this it, after reading some posts I feel I have cheated and no big deal, but there is still a strong chance this thing will resurface elsewhere.  Just curious of other experiences and suggestions.  Even different health care professionals have different suggestions.  I really feel kind of crummy for asking due to many others who are fighting this disease much harder than I am.  However I know they are the ones with experience with it so I feel I have to ask, best to all and an advance thank you for any reply.

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Okay here goes....Diaganosed with atypical nodular non-pigmented Melanoma on 1/13/12.  Surgery a week later with SNB, week later path came back negative.  Original in office shave biopsy showed depth of 1.85mm, however in the scope it looked to be very active at the bottom of the shave.  So assumed I would probably move to Stage II.  However the good news is the SNB came back negative and the excision showed no sign of the Melanoma, so due to depth I went back to Stage Ib.  Now my head is still spinning with the wait and see attitude that everything is telling me, diligent skin exams and regular checkups.  Is this it, after reading some posts I feel I have cheated and no big deal, but there is still a strong chance this thing will resurface elsewhere.  Just curious of other experiences and suggestions.  Even different health care professionals have different suggestions.  I really feel kind of crummy for asking due to many others who are fighting this disease much harder than I am.  However I know they are the ones with experience with it so I feel I have to ask, best to all and an advance thank you for any reply.

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Last reply 2/3/2012 - 2:48am
Replies by: mob, Gene_S, EmilyandMike, runnergirl, Lori C, premedy, sedona, Anonymous

            A Surprising Cause of Melanoma

 
 
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Rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been rising for at least the last three decades, and this increase has been largely blamed on exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun.

However, research published in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that the sun is likely nothing more than a scapegoat in the development of melanoma, and the sharp increase may actually be “an artifact caused by diagnostic drift.”

                                   Melanoma Increases Due to Benign Disease, Not Sunlight

Diagnostic drift, according to the study, refers to a hefty increase in disease that is being fueled by non-cancerous lesions.

In fact, during the study period from 1991 to 2004, there were nearly 4,000 cases of melanoma included in the report, with an annual increase of 9.39 to 13.91 cases per 100,000 per year.

The researchers revealed that, rather than being fueled by increasing exposure to sunlight as is commonly suggested, the increased incidence was almost entirely due to minimal, stage 1 disease.

They noted:

“There was no change in the combined incidence of the other stages of the disease, and the overall mortality only increased from 2.16 to 2.54 cases per 100,000 per year … We therefore conclude that the large increase in reported incidence is likely to be due to diagnostic drift, which classifies benign lesions as stage 1 melanoma.”

In other words, people are being diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer even when they have only a minimal, non-cancerous lesion, and these diagnoses appear to be skewing disease rates significantly. Further, adding even more credence to the growing body of evidence showing sun exposure is not the primary cause of melanoma, the researchers noted that the distribution of the lesions reported did not correspond to the sites of lesions caused by sun exposure.

They concluded:

“These findings should lead to a reconsideration of the treatment of ‘early’ lesions, a search for better diagnostic methods to distinguish them from truly malignant melanomas, re-evaluation of the role of ultraviolet radiation and recommendations for protection from it, as well as the need for a new direction in the search for the cause of melanoma.”

                                                   Is Lack of Sunlight a More Likely Culprit?

Despite all the bad press linking sun exposure to skin cancer, there’s almost no evidence at all to support it. There is, however, plenty of evidence to the contrary. Over the years, several studies have confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer. In fact, melanoma occurrence has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure, and can be increased by sunscreens.

One of the most important facts you should know is that an epidemic of the disease has in fact broken out among indoor workers. These workers get three to nine times LESS solar UV exposure than outdoor workers get, yet only indoor workers have increasing rates of melanoma — and the rates have been increasing since before 1940.

There are two major factors that help explain this, and the first has to do with the type of UV exposure.

There are two primary types of UV rays from sunlight, the vitamin-D-producing UVB rays and the skin-damaging UVA light. Both UVA and UVB can cause tanning and burning, although UVB does so far more rapidly. UVA, however, penetrates your skin more deeply than UVB, and may be a much more important factor in photoaging, wrinkles and skin cancers.

A study in Medical Hypotheses suggested that indoor workers may have increased rates of melanoma because they’re exposed to sunlight through windows, and only UVA light, unlike UVB, can pass through window glass. At the same time, these indoor workers are missing out on exposure to the beneficial UVB rays, and have lower levels of vitamin D.

Researchers wrote:

“We hypothesize that one factor involves indoor exposures to UVA (321–400nm) passing through windows, which can cause mutations and can break down vitamin D3 formed after outdoor UVB (290–320nm) exposure, and the other factor involves low levels of cutaneous vitamin D3.

After vitamin D3 forms, melanoma cells can convert it to the hormone, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, or calcitriol, which causes growth inhibition and apoptotic cell death in vitro and in vivo. We agree that intense, intermittent outdoor UV overexposures and sunburns initiate CMM [cutaneous malignant melanoma]; we now propose that increased UVA exposures and inadequately maintained cutaneous levels of vitamin D3 promotes CMM.”

To put it simply, UVB appears to be protective against melanoma — or rather, the vitamin D your body produces in response to UVB radiation is protective.

As written in The Lancet:

“Paradoxically, outdoor workers have a decreased risk of melanoma compared with indoor workers, suggesting that chronic sunlight exposure can have a protective effect.”

                                             Vitamin D Helps Protect You Against Cancer

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, and is easily one of nature’s most potent cancer fighters. So I want to stress again that if you are shunning all sun exposure, you are missing out on this natural cancer protection.

Your organs can convert the vitamin D in your bloodstream into calcitriol, which is the hormonal or activated version of vitamin D. Your organs then use it to repair damage, including damage from cancer cells and tumors. Vitamin D’s protective effect against cancer works in multiple ways, including:

  • Increasing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which, if allowed to replicate, could lead to cancer)
  • Reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells
  • Causing cells to become differentiated (cancer cells often lack differentiation)
  • Reducing the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which is a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous

This applies not only to skin cancer but other types of cancer as well. Theories linking vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies, according to epidemiologist Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Here are just a few highlights into some of the most noteworthy findings:
  • Some 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancers could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels among populations worldwide were increased, according to previous research by Dr. Garland and colleagues.
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels could help you to prevent at least 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers.
  • A large-scale, randomized, placebo-controlled study on vitamin D and cancer showed that vitamin D can cut overall cancer risk by as much as 60 percent. This was such groundbreaking news that the Canadian Cancer Society has actually begun endorsing the vitamin as a cancer-prevention therapy.
  • Light-skinned women who had high amounts of long-term sun exposure had half the risk of developing advanced breast cancer (cancer that spreads beyond your breast) as women with lower amounts of regular sun exposure, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
  • A study by Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., internationally recognized research scientist and vitamin D expert, found that about 30 percent of cancer deaths — which amounts to 2 million worldwide and 200,000 in the United States — could be prevented each year with higher levels of vitamin D.

                                  When Using the Sun to Fight Cancer, the Dose is What Matters

When I recommend using the sun therapeutically, this means getting the proper dosage to optimize your vitamin D levels. This typically means exposing enough of your unclothed skin surface to get a slight pink color on your skin. Your exact time will vary radically depending on many variables, such as you skin color, time of day, season, clouds, altitude and age.  The key principle is to never get burned, while still spending as much time as you can in the sun during the peak hours, as it is virtually impossible to overdose as long as you don’t get burned.

A common myth is that occasional exposure of your face and hands to sunlight is “sufficient” for vitamin D nutrition. For most of us, this is an absolutely inadequate exposure to move vitamin D levels to the healthy range. Further, if you use sunscreen, you will block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D!

And, contrary to popular belief, the best time to be in the sun for vitamin D production is actually as near to solar noon as possible which is 1 PM in the summer for most (due to Daylight Saving Time).. The more damaging UVA rays are quite constant during ALL hours of daylight, throughout the entire year — unlike UVB, which are low in morning and evening and high at midday.When using the sun to maximize your vitamin D production and minimize your risk of malignant melanoma, the middle of the day (roughly between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) is the best and safest time. During this time you need the shortest exposure time to produce vitamin D because UVB rays are most intense at this time. Plus, when the sun goes down toward the horizon, the UVB is filtered out much more than the dangerous UVA.

Once you reach this point your body will  peak at about 10,000-40,000 units of vitamin D. Any additional exposure will only cause harm and damage to your skin. Most people with fair skin will max out their vitamin D production in just 10-20 minutes, or, again, when your skin starts turning the lightest shade of pink. Some will need less, others more. The darker your skin, the longer exposure you will need to optimize your vitamin D production.

                                           Why Not Just Take Vitamin D from a Supplement?

You can get vitamin D3 in supplement form, and if sunlight or a safe tanning bed is not an option, this is a better choice than getting no vitamin D at all. If you do use a supplement, it now appears as though most adults need about 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D a day in order to get their serum levels above 40 ng/ml.

However, sunlight is really the superior source for vitamin D, as when you expose your skin to sunshine, your skin synthesizes vitamin D3 sulfate. This form of vitamin D is water soluble, unlike oral vitamin D3 supplements, which is unsulfated. The water-soluble form can travel freely in your bloodstream, whereas the unsulfated form needs LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) as a vehicle of transport.

The oral non-sulfated form of vitamin D may not provide all of the same benefits as the vitamin D created in your skin from sun exposure, because it cannot be converted to vitamin D sulfate.

I believe this is a very compelling reason to really make a concerted effort to get your vitamin D requirements from exposure to sunshine, or by using a safe tanning bed (one with electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts, to avoid unnecessary exposure to EMF fields). Safe tanning beds also have less of the dangerous UVA than sunlight, while unsafe ones have more UVA than sunlight. If neither of these are feasible options, then you should take an oral vitamin D3 supplement.

                                   What Should Your Vitamin D Levels be for Cancer Protection?

In 2007 the recommended level was between 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). Since then, the optimal vitamin D level has been raised to 50-70 ng/ml, and when treating cancer or heart disease, as high as 70-100 ng/ml

I recommend you have your levels tested and regularly monitored to make sure they are in the therapeutic range. Your physician can do this for you, or another alternative is to join the D*Action study. D*Action is a worldwide public health campaign aiming to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic through focus on testing, education, and grassroots word of mouth.

When you join D*action, you agree to test your vitamin D levels twice a year during a five-year program, and share your health status to demonstrate the public health impact of this nutrient. There is a $60 fee each 6 months ($120/year) for your sponsorship of the project, which includes a complete new test kit to be used at home, and electronic reports on your ongoing progress.

You will get a follow up email every six months reminding you “it’s time for your next test and health survey.” To join now, please follow this link to the sign up form.

                                       Natural Treatment for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma skin cancer is the deadliest form, but far more common are non-melanoma skin cancers, which impact millions of Americans every year.

If you or someone you love is affected, a cream containing eggplant extract, known as BEC and BEC5, appears to cure and eliminate most non-melanoma skin cancers in several weeks time. Unlike conventional skin-cancer treatment, which is often surgery, the eggplant-extract cream leaves no scarring and no visible sign a tumor or lesion was ever present. The eggplant extract appears to be exceptionally safe and only kills cancerous cells, leaving healthy cells untouched, and causes only minor side effects, such as itching and burning.

The leading researcher in this area today is Dr. Bill E. Cham, who reported as early as 1991 in Cancer Letters that:

“A cream formulation containing high concentrations (10%) of a standard mixture of solasodine glycosides (BEC) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of malignant and benign human skin tumors.

We now report that a preparation … which contains very low concentrations of BEC (0.005%) is effective in the treatment of keratoses, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of the skin of humans. In an open study, clinical and histological observations indicated that all lesions (56 keratoses, 39 BCCs and 29 SCCs) treated with [the preparation] had regressed.”

Dr. Cham’s latest study was published in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine this year. The paper includes two impressive case reports of 60-something men who were suffering from large basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which had plagued them for years.  The results upon treatment with a cream formulation of BEC (eggplant extract) twice a day are astounding, and you can view the pictures here.

Unfortunately, simply eating eggplant, tomatoes, peppers or similar veggies, while beneficial for many reasons, will not induce this same effect because the active components are not able to effectively penetrate your cells. This requires the addition of glycosides, molecules with various simple sugars attached to them that can latch on to receptors found on skin cancer cells.

                                                  Simple Skin Cancer Prevention Strategies

What’s even better than an inexpensive, safe and natural cure for skin cancer is, of course, preventing it in the first place. Your body is made to be in the sun, and, when done properly, sun exposure will be one of the best ways you can help reduce your risk of skin, and many other forms of, cancer. Along with optimizing your vitamin D levels, the carotenoid astaxanthin has also piqued the interest of researchers due to its ability to reduce signs of aging by helping protect your skin from sun damage. I personally take 8 mg every day to help limit any potential damage from sun exposure as most of the year I am able to spend one to two hours a day in the sun.

Consuming a healthy diet full of natural antioxidants is another useful strategy to avoid sun damage to your skin, as fresh, raw, unprocessed foods deliver the nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your first line of defense against sunburn.

Fresh, raw vegetables also provide your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants that will help you fight the free radicals caused by sun damage that can lead to burns and cancer.

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    Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

  • Live 4 today. Thank God for all he has done for us. Looking forward to enjoying tomorrow.

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    Last reply 2/4/2012 - 8:15pm

    For the supposed road to happines, with a wedding, it is something new, something borrowed and something blue; with melanoma it is scans of nothing bigger, nothing smaller and nothing new.

    No, I'm not getting married, but I sooooooooooo want to divorce myself from melanoma; but it always bites me in the ass with symtoms anew, a treatment borrowed and certainly a sky that is blue as it drapes a similar cloud over my mind.

    I never wanted to marry melanoma, it was a forced marriage. Even worse, it is not clear to me that this forced marriage was a man or a woman or maybe just an entity.  My mind tells me it was the latter, but oddly it has been my constant mistress, prodding me for constant intimacy, demanding that I look at her, pay attention to her, touch her and feel her and feel the wrath if I dare look the other way and shun her glance.

    Or it could be a man disease that seeks my attention and wants to punish me for inattention and seeks revenge on my body as a result.

    Either way, I just don't get it. 

    No, I'm not having sexual orientation issues, but as I approach a milestone in my life; I have to say, as far as melanoma is concerned.............I still don't get it......and that, to me is the lesson and what is to be learned.

     

    Cheers,

    Charlie S

     

     

     

     

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