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SKIN CANCER CHECK

Recent studies show skin cancer exams performed by your physician improve the detection of potentially deadly melanomas.  Finding these in earlier stages, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is an effective way to potentially save lives.

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Rates of melanoma are on the rise, and getting a qualified physician to regularly examine your skin is  among the most important steps for early detection and treatment.

On average, melanomas detected by a routine skin exam were nearly twice as thin as those detected in persons who waited for treatment until they were worried about a particular spot.  Thinner melanomas have a better prognosis than thicker ones that are more advanced. 

In the Pittsburgh School of Medicine study, only 5% of the people receiving regular  skin exams had worrisome thicker  melanomas which are more likely to metastasize and require a biopsy of a nearby lymph node.  However, in the group of patients who had NOT had a routine skin exam, 20% of those patients had a thicker melanoma.

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Bottom line:  research shows that it is very important to have a qualified physician examine your skin for possible melanomas.     Doctors who treat skin and other cancers can readily recognize what is and is NOT a dangerous spot on your skin.

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 Dr. Fern has been involved in the treatment of skin diseases, skin cancer,  and melanoma for 30 years.  His training in general, cancer and trauma surgery has required proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer.  He is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

 You can put your mind at ease by letting Dr. Fern examine your skin when you come in.  Call today for an appointment.