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CASE TEACHING NOTES for

By Not An Old Person&apos, Jennifer Miskowski and Anne Galbraith

Abstract

This case focuses on melanoma, which is a particularly deadly type of skin cancer. In this fictitious story, students are introduced to a 20-year-old female who sunburns easily and has several other melanoma risk factors. One day, she discovers that a mole on her leg has started to itch. When she looks at it, it looks different from what she remembers. On the advice of a friend, she decides to get it checked out. Her doctor explains the role of genes in cancer formation and intends to do a biopsy to determine whether her mole is malignant or benign. The overall goal of this case is to introduce students to the genetic basis of cancer development. Although it helps if students have a basic background in genetics, the terminology needed to understand the material presented here is minor and can be integrated into the case presentation itself. Concepts such as gene, mutation, recessive, and dominant can simply be discussed or defined at appropriate times throughout the case. This case was written specifically for a general education health and wellness class that is entirely case based. Students who enroll in this course have a wide range of ages and backgrounds, from first year students to seniors, and from non-science majors to biology majors. After having taught the case several times over the past two years, the authors have concluded that the material is presented in a way that i

Year: 2013
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