determine how well it can be cured. Those measuring less than 1 millimeter, haveexcellent cure rates but the think the melanoma the less optimistic the prognosis.
When I entered “Melanoma” into
it came up with a lotof sub topics like radiation, methods of examination and tumors. According to data published in 2009 by theWorld Health Organization,an estimated 132,000 newmelanoma cases are diagnosed worldwide each year. In theUnited Statesmelanomarepresents nearly 5 percent of all cases of cancer.Melanoma is a deadly disease; it isresponsible for nearly three-quarters of allskin cancer deaths and is increasing infrequency. Unlike other skin growths, melanoma is always malignant.
After I “Googled” Melanoma in young people a lot of sites popped up. Dr.
Timothy DiChiara a professor at St. George University wrote an article called
Melanomaand the Young
. In it he explains that hundreds of thousands of people have not theslightest idea of what skin cancer looks like or can do to you. Also itis the second mostcommon cancer in women aged 20 to 29. If not caught in its earliest stage, melanoma caneasily spread to other parts of the body.
I plan to interview both my Mom and Dad. Considering that they both have skincancer and especially my dad with Melanoma, they would be well-suited people to
interview. I want to know how it’s affected their lives and how they deal with it. Did
they know they had some type of skin cancer before they went to the doctor, or was it atotal shock? Also I would like to know if their parents had it and did they use sunscreenor even know how to protect their skin when they were younger? Basically I just want toknow how this disease has affected them in general and personally.
What was the hardest part of getting your idea together and writing your inquiryquestion and proposal?I immediately knew what I wanted to do, but the hard part was trying to figure outexactly what in my topic. I also had a hard time with my inquiry question
because I didn’t know exactly what to ask and I still feel like it needs to be
What do you like best about your whole project, past and to come, so far?I like that it is very close to home. It affects my family and me so it makes it very personal. I am so interested in my topic which I feel like is very good because Iwill keep doing research and never get bored with what I am doing. I am hopingthat my interest in this topic does not die so when I keep working on it in thefuture it wont be hard.
In what ways has your group been helpful (or detrimental)? What have theysuggested?