Self-exams help, but specialists most likely to spot early skin cancer

07/19/2011 | HealthDay News

Physicians are more likely to spot thin lesions and early-stage skin cancers than patients conducting self-exams, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found. However, the researchers stressed that patients play a leading role in detecting skin cancers at their earliest and most treatable stages. "It is crucial to emphasize that a combined strategy of physician detection and patient participation must continue to be implemented to ensure early melanoma diagnosis," the authors wrote in the Archives of Dermatology.

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