Module 02 Case Study: Integumentary System
Part I—"Soaking Up the Sun" Questions
1. What are some differences between Judy and Mariah that might make Judy more "at risk" for skin cancer than Mariah? (2 points)
--Some of the differences would be the coloring of their skin. Mariah has darker pigmentation, with dark hair. Mariah has more melanin in her skin giving her more protection from the sun, unlike Judy, who has light skin, with red hair and blue eyes. Also the fact that Mariah goes out in the sun every summer gives her an advantage to Judy because her skin already has melanocytes.
2. What observations did Judy make concerning her mole? How could they have used the ABCDE’s of skin cancer assessment to further assist their observations? (2 points)
--Judy observed that her mole was a different shape than what she remembered. She also observed that is was larger, more jagged and itched. They could have used the ABCDE’s of skin cancer to see if there was Asymmetry to the skin, Border irregularity, Color that is not uniform, Diameters larger then 6mm and Evolving shape and color. Judy did assess that the diameter had gotten larger and the borders were irregular.
3. Should Judy be concerned? Why or why not? (2 points)
--I think Judy should be concerned, especially since the shape of the mole as changed from what she remembers. I feel like it is worth a checkup and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Part II—"The Basics of Cancer" Questions
1. Considering the differences between a benign tumor and a malignant tumor, why might a benign tumor be easier to treat? (3 points)
--The benign tumors are easier to treat because they are not cancerous and do not metastasis to other locations. Malignant tumors are cancerous and can metastasis to other parts of the body. So catching it early is really important! Benign tumors won’t spread and are just a mass of healthy looking skin.
2. Judy learned that every single person has...
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