Melanoma Awareness

Skin Screens Save Lives

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Posted 02/10/13

Published in the International Journal of Cancer (on-line 16 July), the study of over 3,700 patients with melanoma found that whole-body clinical examinations in the three years before diagnosis was associated with a reduced risk of diagnosing thicker, more deadly, melanoma.

There was a 38% greater chance of being diagnosed with thinner melanoma in screened patients which experts attribute to earlier diagnosis. The study suggests that the increasing popularity of full body skin screens is causing a shift from detection of thick melanoma to thinner melanoma which are associated with a more favourable prognosis.

“The current study provides sound evidence and, in the absence of a randomised trial, the best evidence we are likely to achieve for some time that skin screening by a doctor will reduce mortality from melanoma,” they say.