Dr. Svetomir Markovic on Skin Cancer

On Saturday, September 17, Dr. Svetomir Markovic was the guest on Medical Edge Weekend talking about skin cancer.

Medical Edge Weekend 9-17-11

7 Comments

  1. kathleen thontlin
    Posted September 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    what is your opinion on 2 sisters diagnosed with malignant melanoma on the same leg one on the forefront and one on the back calf that required skin grats. we are seniors and had them removed about 10 years ago with one having a reoccurance. I do not think this is just a coincidence?

    • Makala Johnson
      Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Dr. Markovic’s response is as follows: “I would worry about a familial tendency for melanoma. Would talk to my doctor about a referral to a medical genetics expert.”

  2. Jennifer
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    if someone is diagnosed with melanoma in three differ lymph nodes sites(neck between lungs and groin), what are chances of survival? person on double treatments of chemo every 3 weeks.

    • Makala Johnson
      Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Dr. Markovic’s response is as follows: “Hard to tell based on just this information. Would discuss with your physicians.”

  3. Elizabeth
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I am very fair skinned with freckles and burn easily. Before going to the Carribean this past spring i went to a tanning salon and did 5 minutes every second day for 2 weeks. This was the first time i did not burn even in the shade under a parasol with sun screen. It seems the prepping of the skin before really helped prevent burning. Am i damaging my skin?

    • Makala Johnson
      Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Dr. Markovic’s response is as follows: “Best way to do this is with natural sun exposure, not tanning beds. The light bulb in the tanning bed is a powerful source of UV radiation, the same radiation that causes skin cancer. Probably the safest way to do this is to protect yourself on your vacation and slowly develop a “tan” using natural sunlight before you leave. It is a risk to use the tanning bed.”

  4. Lynda
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I know exactly how my melanoma came from. It came from a tanning bed. I wanted to see what I looked like with a tan and for 3 months laid in a tanning booth 1/2 hour each day. I was really tan but I also developed an odd looking brown spot. It was about the size of a nickle. It changed a little bit over the years. Melanoma was diagnosed 5 years later. Surgery and a 5 inch scar. No, a tan will not help your skin.


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