Based on current estimates, 8,420 people are expected to die from melanoma this year. In an effort to reverse this sobering trend, dermatologists and the scientific community alike are continually developing new diagnostics, refining detection guidelines and providing patients with the tools they need to properly examine their own skin for signs of skin cancer.
Speaking on Nov. 13, 2008, at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Skin academy, dermatologist Ellen S. Marmur, MD, FAAD, chief of the division of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, presented the latest advances in diagnosing skin cancer and the Academy’s new detection strategies that emphasize the importance of patient involvement.
“There are some exciting innovations in diagnosing skin cancer that can help us detect skin cancer early, when it is most treatable,” said Marmur. “Even simple detection tools designed by the Academy that patients can use in their own homes can save thousands of lives.”