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Larger Skin Lesions More Likely to Be Melanoma
Date:4/22/2008

category (8.3 percent)."

The study was published in the April issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

"We recommend that a diameter criterion of larger than six millimeters remain a part of the ABCDE criteria," the researchers concluded. "We do not recommend downward revision of the D criteria at this time. In the United States, rates of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers have markedly increased, and skin biopsy rates have more than doubled in 20 years. In an era that demands greater data to support clinical decision making, the ABCDE criteria are valuable evidence-based guidelines to aid physicians in decisions regarding the biopsy of pigmented lesions of the skin."

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, April 21, 2008


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