Study: Men, older patients with melanoma at higher risk for SCC

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About 1 in 8 people who had been diagnosed with melanoma subsequently developed squamous cell carcinoma in a study of 6,378 melanoma patients. The chances of developing SCC were almost doubled for men compared with women, and age was found to be a risk factor. "Clinicians should be vigilant about checking for SCCs during skin examinations, especially among individuals at high risk, and they should counsel melanoma survivors about the increased risk for SCCs and educate these patients on methods for detecting potential SCCs during skin self-examinations," the researchers wrote.

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