Melanoma 1 of 2


The incidence of melanoma is increasing more than any other type of cancer. However, it is a type of cancer that is preventable. This program looks at the some of the factors causing an increase in melanoma, as well as ways to prevent it. Viewers will also learn how melanoma is treated and about some new drugs for treating the disease.

Part one of this two-part program addresses the following topics:

  • Melanin and melanocytes
  • Melanoma compared to other skin cancers
  • Melanoma's tendency to spread
  • Skin type (phototype) and melanoma risk
  • Geography and melanoma risk
  • Melanoma in African Americans
  • Ultraviolet rays
  • UV radiation factors
  • UV index
  • Increase in melanoma incidence
  • Sunscreens and SPF (Sun protection factor)


Dr. Petr Hausner, an oncologist at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dr. Hausner is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of hematology- oncology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

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This page was last updated: March 5, 2014

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