Skin Cancer

James Metz, MD
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Produced by: Time Life Medical
Medical Director: C. Everett Koop, MD
Format: VHS, 30 minutes
Price: $19.95 US
ISBN#: 0761108734

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Time Life Medical, with C. Everett Koop, MD as Medical Director, has developed an extensive series of medical video productions. A booklet is included with each video which includes a summary of key points, glossary of terms, a resource guide, and a personal journal.

The purpose of this video is to provide a general overview of skin cancer and introduce the viewer to the most common treatment and management strategies. The video is separated into four sections dealing with specific issues. The first section explains the risk factors for skin cancer, cellular changes with cancer, and basic epidemiology. The second section explains the role of UV light in the development of cancer. It also addresses cancer screening according to the American Cancer Society ABCD method. Current concepts on SPF protection are also explained.

The third section discusses treatment and management. Most of the time is spent reviewing the various surgical options including the Moh's micrographicprocedure. Adjuvant treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy are briefly touched upon. The video does not discuss radiation therapy as a treatment option, but it is mentioned in the booklet. The final section reviews frequently asked questions on skin cancer. It also gives recommendations on pertinent questions to ask your physician.

This video is a good introduction to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer. Concepts are explained without confusing medical jargon. It is easy to understand and is produced to educate those without an extensive medical background.


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