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Mark Runfola, MD is a Surgical Oncologist at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Melanoma Video - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert
Text: Mark Runfola, MD
 Surgical Oncologist
 Banner Desert Medical Center

Image: Mark Runfola, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.
Text: Malignant Melanoma
   Affects 60,000 Americans Annually
   8,000 Deaths Annually

Audio:  “Malignant melanoma is the most serious form of common skin cancer affecting slightly over 60,000 Americans every year and resulting in about 8,000 deaths in this country annually.”

Text: Most At Risk
   History of Melanoma in first degree relatives
   Multiple peeling sunburns before age 20

Audio:   “Those folks that are most at risk for melanoma are folks with: fair hair, light-colored skin, blue or green eyes, folks who have had melanoma in first degree relatives – that is to say parents and siblings or children; and folks who have had multiple peeling sunburns principally before the age of 20.”

Text: Self-Exam

Audio:  “For those folks who are at risk for melanoma, it’s important to do self-examinations. We use the A, B C, D, E acronym to discern whether any particular mole is suspicious for melanoma. ‘A’ stands for ‘asymmetry.’ That is to say, one side of the mole does not look like the other side of it. ‘B’ stands for ‘border irregularity.’ Benign moles should have a smooth contour. Malignant melanoma commonly has borders that are pushing or irregular. ‘C’ stands for ‘color differences’ within the same mole, so if a mole has browns, blacks, blues or red all within the same mole it is suspicious. ‘D’ stands for ‘diameter.’ Most malignant melanomas are six millimeters in size or greater, which is about the size of a number two pencil eraser. And ‘E’ stands for ‘evolution.’ If any mole is changing over time, it is suspicious.”

Text: Most cases treated with outpatient surgery

Audio:  “The operation to remove the melanoma is commonly outpatient – that is the patient comes in that day, has a procedure lasting 45 minutes to an hour and then can go home.”

Text: Early detection and diagnosis is critical

Audio:  “The most important thing to remember about malignant melanoma is that when diagnosed early, it is almost always curable. So early detection, either by yourself, a loved one or your physician, can be life saving.”

Text:    For more health information from Banner Health experts
            Please Visit or call Banner Health’s
            Physician Referral & Resource Line at 1(800) 230-CARE (2273)

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