Why should you perform a monthly self skin exam?

By http://www.parksdermatology.com/author/
December 12, 2013

It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

The five year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent.  Yet sadly, one American dies from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, almost every hour.

It is our goal to educate patients on how the importance of monthly self skin exams. Our practice alone diagnosed almost 200 melanomas last year.  Most skin cancers, including melanoma, can be cured if detected early.

We don’t expect you to be the expert.  Call if you have a new or changing freckle, mole or growth.  Early detection is key!


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