FDR's Deadly Secret was Malignant Melanoma

2010-01-03 09:57

With the reviews of the book 'FDR's Deadly Secret' written by Steven Lomazow and Eric Fettmann, it seems like a good time to review malignant melanoma. The book claims that the FDR suffered from "melanoma."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was seriously ill during the last year of his life with heart problems, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis. He is reported to have died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

The authors of “FDR’s Deadly Secret” bring to light his diagnosis of melanoma originating in a mole over his left eyebrow. It is very likely his skin cancer metastasized to his abdomen and brain. The tumor could have been the cause of his cerebral hemorrhage that killed him on April 12, 1945.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Today, it is almost always curable in its early stages. If melanoma is not caught early, it can advance and spread to other parts of the body. It then becomes hard to treat and can be fatal.

Melanoma is much less common than basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 5% of all skin cancers, but accounts for the approximately 74% of all deaths from skin cancers.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, there will be 8,650 fatalities in the U.S. The number of new cases of invasive melanoma is estimated at 68720. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 1 in 50 for whites, 1 in 1,000 for blacks, 1 in 200 for Hispanics.

Everyone is at some risk for melanoma, but increased risk depends on several factors: sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, skin type and family history (genetics).

For many years, the early warning signs of melanoma have been identified by the acronym "ABCDE" (A stands for Asymmetry, B stands for Border, C for Color, D for Diameter and E for Evolving or changing was recently added.).


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