MELANOSARCOMA is a dread disease. Once the diagnosis has really been made, the percentage of cure is very small. Whether the actual number in the lay public is increasing or whether this just appears to be the case because we are seeing more of them at the University Medical Center is hard to determine.
It does seem to me, however, that we are seeing more young people with this type of lesion. In addition, there appear to be more people who have noticed a growth or change in a pigmented lesion following repeated exposure to the sun and, perhaps, to the irritation of sand on the beach. The over-all rage to get a good sun tan has definitely, I am certain, played a part. Just recently we have seen three people who had had no other trauma to their lesion except repeated severe sunburn, and perhaps some irritation of the lesion while lying on the beach.