Do Doctors Most Often Spot Melanomas in Older Patients?

“Screening everyone for melanoma can have negative consequences, including costly and aggressive treatments for tumors that might have otherwise progressed slowly. New findings published on Health.com should “aid in understanding which patients will benefit most from screening for melanoma by a dermatologist,” the research team said. This study urges limited testing.”

” “I completely disagree with the conclusion of this study,” says Dr. Michele S. Green, dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital. “Only 167 patients with melanoma were used. In order to make such a conclusion, thousands of patients would have to be included in this study. Moreover, I am seeing younger patients in my practice who have had melanoma without any family history.” “

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