Malignant melanoma in the 1990s: The continued importance of earlydetection and the role of physician examination and self-examination of theskin

Authors

  • R. J. Friedman MD,

    1. Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York
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  • D. S. Rigel MD,

    1. Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York
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  • M. K. Silverman MD,

    1. Melanoma Fellow in the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York
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  • A. W. Kopf MD,

    1. Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York. Dr. Vossaert is a Melanoma Fellow in the Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York
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  • K. A. Vossaert MD

    1. The authors thank the photography section at NYU Skin and Cancer for their assistance in obtaining the clinical photographs
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Abstract

Despite the exciting new techniques being developed to help diagnoseearly malignant melanoma, the current standard of care remains periodicexamination of the skin. The combination of routine physician examinationcoupled with self-examination of the skin provides an opportunity for theidentification of early malignant melanoma. Removal of such thin lesionscan significantly reduce the ever-increasing mortality rate from thispotentially serious form of cutaneous cancer.

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