Cutaneous melanoma is the seventh most common newly diagnosed cancer in the United States: 55,100 new cases were diagnosed in 2004 and 7,910 patients will have died of systemic disease.353 Wahl et al.354 and Kern et al.355 demonstrated that radiolabeled glucose analogues were preferentially taken up in murine melanomas and human melanoma xenografts, establishing the rationale for the potential use of FDG in patients with melanoma.

There is no defined role for PET in the initial diagnosis of melanoma, as has been shown by Wagner et al.,356 because the inherent spatial resolution of PET reduces the sensitivity for detection of lesions less than 80 mm2 and it is unlikely that this technique (as currently performed) will ever be effective in the initial diagnosis of small, surgically curable melanoma in situ.

How To Prevent Skin Cancer

How To Prevent Skin Cancer

Complete Guide to Preventing Skin Cancer. We all know enough to fear the name, just as we do the words tumor and malignant. But apart from that, most of us know very little at all about cancer, especially skin cancer in itself. If I were to ask you to tell me about skin cancer right now, what would you say? Apart from the fact that its a cancer on the skin, that is.

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