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In July 2016, the U. S. Prevention Services Force stated that there is no good evidence for the efficacy of skin cancer screening to prevent death or significant disability. This means that the benefits do not outweigh the potential harm of skin cancer screening.
Nonmelanoma skin cancer comprises 98% of skin cancer's and account for only about .1% of all cancer deaths. Melanoma accounts for about 10,000 cancer deaths a year.
If you have a personal or family history of melanoma, and if you have more than 100 moles you should probably consider being screened. But if not, you could safely pass. A large study in Germany found that skin cancer screening can potentially save one life per hundred thousand individuals screened. It is likely that much more harm could be done from over diagnosis and over treatment in a large screen and population.
Screening picks up small very slow growing or not even growing melanomas that are not destined to harm a patient. However, once they are discovered usually aggressive therapy is recommended and the patient is then labeled as a cancer survivor.
Most dermatologists recommend skin screening. In spite of the lack of evidence for its efficacy, it's good business practice for skin doctors. A skillful dermatologist can find something to treat with cryotherapy or a biopsy on most older caucasians, and this provides a good living for these doctors. It's a low risk screening and a high-value return for dermatologists.
The smart patient should avoid skin cancer screenings if they are not at risk. They should specifically avoid the free skin cancer screenings offered by many hospitals and aggressively promoted by the American Academy of Dermatology. They can just say no. If they have risk factors for skin cancer or are worried about specific lesions they can request a complete skin examination. This may be a good way of alleviating anxiety related to specific skin lesions.
The article in July 26, 2016 New York Times is a good overview. It can be accessed at: http://nyti.ms/2albmU/
"Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it.
Scientists marvel at this good news, a medical mystery of the best sort. Many are puzzled as to why." This is a fine introduction to this topic by the science writer, Gina Koilata. Major Diseases are in Decline.
Case report of a 34 yo man with proven Demodex-Rosacea who was treated with 200 mg/kg ivermectin with subsequent weekly topical permethrin. The protocol showed impressive treatment efficacy. See pdf of article: Download Demodeciasis Ivermectin
"A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.
The development has potential to be more than just a convenience for women already on birth control. Public health experts hope it will encourage more to start, or restart, using contraception and help reduce the country’s high rate of unintended pregnancies, as well as the rate of abortions."
HZO occurs when latent varicella zoster virus (VZV), residing in the ganglion of the trigeminal nerve, reactivates and affects the ophthalmic nerve (V1). Primary infection with VZV commonly occurs in childhood as chickenpox. Anterior uveitis occurs in 40-50% of all cases of HZO (but only when the tip of the nose is involved).
"The world today is very different from the one our immune system evolved to anticipate — not just in what we encounter, but in when we first encounter it. Preventing autoimmune disorders may require emulating aspects of that “dirtier” world: safely bottling the kinds of microbes that protect the kids, so we can give them to everyone and guide the “postmodern” immune system along a healthier path of development."
This essay argues that changes in our microbiome wrought by a "higher standard of living" in more developed countries has led to an increase the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Other changes have also increased life-span, but some individuals have a higher burden of some diseases. It's a complex relationship, and the arguments are presented well.