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American Academy of Dermatology: Stop Skin Cancer On The Spot
Date:11/13/2008

he was concerned about. When they arrived at my office, the daughter told her mother that the appointment was really for her. The mole turned out to be a melanoma, and we were able to save the mother's life due to her daughter's plan to get her to my office."

Dr. Marmur's patient story supports recent research that shows involving a partner in the self-examination process can improve the early detection of skin cancer. As such, the Academy is encouraging people to "Screen the One You Love." While candy and flowers are short-term gifts, the gift of a skin examination is a gift of life and health. Popular holidays, such as Valentine's Day (February 14), Mother's Day (May 10), Father's Day (June 21) and Grandparents Day (September 13) are reminders for people to check their loved ones' skin for suspicious moles using the Academy's Body Mole Map.

"People sometimes get confused by what to look for on their skin, and that could result in them ignoring any potential red flags that might be starting to crop up," said Dr. Marmur. "So I always tell people to get to know their skin and if something is bleeding or doesn't look right, then see a dermatologist. Whether or not you have a partner available to assist you with your skin self-exam, you should make skin self-exams part of your regular health regimen."

For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section of http://www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and m
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