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Thorough Exams a Must for Those at High Risk of Skin Cancer

“Two studies highlight the importance of annual skin screens, even if patients are reluctant: Both studies appear in the journal Archives of Dermatology. People at high risk for melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, include those with fair skin, blond or red hair, blue eyes, freckles and/or a family history of the disease, as well as those who have been exposed to artificial UV-A radiation or who suffered severe sunburn during childhood.”

“Patients who are at high risk, who fit this profile, should be routinely screened [for skin cancer] annually along with other surveillance measures for colon cancer,”

“mammograms, etc.,” advises dermatologist Dr. Michele S. Green in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek: Executive Health. Find out more from Dr. Green about skin cancer early detection and treatment here. “

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