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Dermatologists Encourage People to Screen the One You Love for Skin Cancer
Date:5/4/2009

American Academy of Dermatology introduces new "E" tool for detecting melanoma

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Treating moms and dads to brunch or backyard barbeques is a great way to honor them on Mother's Day and Father's Day, but the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) hopes more families will start another annual tradition -- screening their loved ones for skin cancer. To help detect the warning signs of skin cancer, especially melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer), the Academy is adopting the revised ABCDs of Melanoma Detection by adding an "E" for evolving.

Based on current estimates, more than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2009. When detected early, most skin cancers can be successfully treated. Performing regular skin self-examinations is an easy way to detect suspicious moles that could be cancerous, and research shows that involving a partner in the self-examination process can improve the early detection of skin cancer.

"People who check their skin regularly for any changes in existing moles or new moles are taking an important first step in detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer," said dermatologist David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "Asking a partner to help monitor your skin for any changes or to assist in examining hard-to-reach areas can be very beneficial in spotting skin cancer."

To enhance a patient's ability to detect skin cancer, the Academy has adopted the revised ABCDs of Melanoma Detection, which include an "E" fo
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