Special Issue "Melanoma and Neoplasms of Skin"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013) | Viewed by 27240
Interests: melanoma; metastasis; microenvironment; tumor lymphangiogenesis; melanoma models; tumor biology; rare skin tumors; dermatopathology
All malignant skin neoplasms together account for more than 50% of all human cancers. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma (non-melanoma skin cancers), are the most numerous of skin tumors, with incidence rates of up to 90 per 100.000. Although the mortality of these tumors is clearly much lower than of melanoma, patients often have to suffer from multiple, sometimes even mutilating, therapeutic procedures.
In 2008, more than 20.000 patients died of cutaneous melanoma in Europe. Nowadays, incidence rates increased to 20 patients per 100,000. For a long period, the only option for successful therapy consisted of early surgery. Recently, new therapeutic options have become to be available, starting to give hope for patients.
Merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma or cutaneous sarcoma are rare but highly malignant skin neoplasms. Patients affected by these tumors often face diagnostic problems and the lack of available therapy.
Because of their mortality, the number of affected patients, increasing incidence rates, as well as therapeutic considerations, skin neoplasms represent an important socioeconomic health problem.
Dr. Robert Loewe
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- non-melanoma skin cancer
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- cutaneous lymphoma
- skin neoplasm
- non-melanoma skin cancer