"Annual skin cancer screenings are critically important because they can catch skin cancer, including melanoma, in its earliest, most curable stage," said Darrell Rigel, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, New York University. "I advise my patients to monitor their moles on an ongoing basis and to come into the office for a professional full-body skin cancer screening at least once a year."Annual ExamsThe survey findings show that the majority of American adults (86%) have had a physical exam by a physician but that Americans are less likely to have had a skin cancer screening by a dermatologist. Older adults are significantly more likely to have had a skin cancer screening, compared to their younger counterparts (40% of those ages 55+ vs. 16% of those ages 18-54), even though melanoma is one of the more common cancers in people younger than 30. 1
Epidemic Increases In Melanoma Rates Three Of Four Americans Surveyed Have Never Had Skin Cancer Examination
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