Groups urge wide use of skin checkups

With skin cancer responsible for almost half of all cancers in the U.S., dermatologists and cancer organizations are stepping up efforts to screen patients yearly and teach them how to perform regular self-exams. About 3.5 million nonmelanoma skin cancers are diagnosed annually, according to data published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Melanoma cases are less common, with 137,900 predicted this year, but its numbers growing rapidly among those under 30. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force could review a 2012 study of skin checks and early detection efforts in Germany.

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