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More Men Developing Melanoma

Men aged 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 recent reports.

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
Find a Dermatologist

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