70 years or older have the highest probability of developing
melanoma. According to the 2008 Cancer Statistics, it is 1 in
64. Men also have the highest probability of dying from melanoma.
Nearly 50% of all melanoma deaths in the United States occur in
white men who are 50 years of age or older, according to several
Earlier detection and proper treatment can significantly reduce
melanoma deaths. If detected in the early stages before it reaches
the lymph nodes, melanoma has a 99% five-year survival rate.
To encourage earlier detection, dermatologists are encouraging men
40 years and older to have a skin cancer examination by a doctor and
to seek treatment if a suspicious lesion is found during the
examination. Men of all races can benefit from this examination as
skin cancer occurs in all races.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following resources
to help everyone get screened for skin cancer:
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
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