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Better Way to Diagnose Melanoma

By and Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In 2003, LPGA pro Annika Sorenstam took on the PGA's Phil Mickelson, Freddy Couples, and Mark O'Meara in a “skins tournament.” Playing for a cash prize at every hole (a skin), she managed to win four skins and $175,000.

Tour golfers, male or female, whether they're playing skins or not, are well aware that constant sun exposure puts them at increased risk for skin cancer.

Around 178,560 cases of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) were diagnosed in the United States in 2018. Of those, it's estimated 87,290 were confined to the top layer of skin, and most easily treated. Early detection is important.

The results of one recent study that tracked more than 77,000 people for 12 years found that routine skin exams significantly increased the likelihood of spotting skin cancers.

However, a recent Cochrane Library Special Collection: Diagnosing Skin Cancer makes it clear that a quick look from your general practitioner isn't sufficient.

Cochrane researchers found “visual inspection using the naked eye alone is not good enough, and melanomas may be missed.”

When performed by a specialist, dermoscopy — a technique using a magnifying lens and powerful lighting system to zoom in on a mole and the underlying skin — is significantly better at diagnosing melanoma.

So make an appointment with a dermatologist for a head-to-toe dermoscopy. And use SPF 30-plus on exposed skin year-round.

Less than one-third of melanomas develop from existing moles; most appear on the skin as new spots.

© King Features Syndicate

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