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Short Notes on Malignant Melanoma 2017 - Dr Mark Burgin

11/12/17. Dr. Mark Burgin BM BCh (oxon) MRCGP considers the elements that should be included in a primer for clinical negligence cases involving malignant melanoma.

Malignant melanoma MM is a skin cancer derived from pigmented cells in the skin and is associated with sun exposure.

It might be considered that pigmented cells have built in protection but melanocytes pigment production is inducible by sun exposure so they can become damaged before they have a chance to build up protection.

Children appear particularly sensitive to the effects of sunburn and Malignant melanoma occurs with a lag phase of about 20 years so it is not uncommon for young adults to develop the disease.

MM incidence increases with increasing age so that 85 year olds have the highest rates, presently one in 50 of the UK public will develop this cancer over their lifetime. (1)

Low vitamin D is commonly found in sufferers but it is not known whether the vitamin is protective or that people who have intermittent exposure have an increased risk of both conditions...

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