SkinCancerNet Spotlight Article
Earliest Melanomas Found by Dermatologists
Studies show importance of full-body skin exam
If your dermatologist recommends a full-body skin cancer exam, get it. Results from two separate studies
show that when dermatologists routinely perform this non-invasive
exam on their patients, early melanomas are found. More than half
(56.3%) of the patients in one study were not even aware that they
had a suspicious spot or growth.
These findings suggest that even if you do not notice anything
suspicious on your skin, you may want to make an appointment with a
dermatologist for a full body skin-cancer exam. The number of people
diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer,
continues to rise. In 2008 alone, an estimated 62,480 cases of
melanoma were diagnosed in the United States. With early detection
and proper treatment, melanoma has a high cure rate.
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