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Oral Melanoma

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The answer to yesterday's image challenge was #4- Melanoma.  Many of you diagnosed correctly.

Oral malignant melanomas are uncommon and like other melanomas of the skin they arise from melanocyte cells.  Unlike cutaneous (skin) melanoma which are linked to sun exposure, the risk factors for oral melanoma is unknown.  We think they arise de novo (from no cause).

Oral melanomas are more common in Japanese race and occur in men more than women (2:1)  It is rare in people under 20 and more common in men over 40 years.

Good oral exams by the dentist are always important to identify mouth lesions.  Most are benign and many other less serious conditions can cause pigmentation.

You Be the Doctor

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This 42 year old man came to the doctor with these changes in his gums.  What is the diagnosis?

1.  Chewing tobacco
2.  Implantation of amalgam
3.  Lead Poisoning
4.  Melanoma
5.  Peutz-Jegher's syndrome

Make your diagnosis in the comment's section and check back Friday for the answer.  Can you be the doctor that gets it right?

Ignore these 15 Obamacare Myths

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I've pulled my head up from frantic medical work just in time to give faithful readers 15 Myths that are being spread about Obamacare.  I have been first to admit that the government has done a lousy job of explaining the plan and it is no wonder the Tea Party has had a field day with mis-information.  But now that sign-ups for the Exchanges are open to the uninsured and under-insured population, these are the lies you should avoid:
Congress is "Exempt" from the Affordable Care Act  Premium prices will increase due to Health Care LawThe Affordable Care Act includes death panelsShutting down Government over Obamacare funding will stop the Health Care LawThe ACA is "socialized medicine" and a "government takeover"People will be able to commit subsidy fraud on the ExchangesObamacare "Narrow Networks" will constrain health choicesThe Affordable Care Act is bad for womenThe Affordable Care Act covers abortionsThe Affordable Care Act is a job kill…