Doctors urge vigilance as melanoma incidence rises

08/3/2011 | Toronto Sun

Doctors are seeing more cases of melanoma, and people with 50 or more moles, light skin or eyes, or many freckles are at highest risk, as is anyone who got a severe sunburn as a child or who worked outdoors regularly, says Dr. Allan Halpern, chief of dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Though people with darker skin have lower risk, their death rate is higher because their melanoma is less likely to be caught at an earlier, more treatable stage. Regardless of skin tone, everyone should get a full-body skin check annually.

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