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New Devices and Methods for Detecting Skin Cancer

Posted: November 14, 2008

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Marmur also encourages her patients to involve a family member or partner in skin exams, which can help people thoroughly examine their skin in hard-to-reach spots and help them decide if a lesion seems to be evolving over time. In her practice, Marmur estimates that patients report that they are getting a suspicious mole checked at the urging of another person about five times per week - with men representing the largest group of referrals.

Involving a partner in the self-examination process can improve the early detection of skin cancer. As such, the Academy is encouraging people to “Screen the One You Love.” While candy and flowers are short-term gifts, the gift of a skin examination is a gift of life and health. Popular holidays, such as Valentine’s Day (February 14), Mother’s Day (May 10), Father’s Day (June 21) and Grandparents Day (September 13) are reminders for people to check their loved ones’ skin for suspicious moles using the Academy’s Body Mole Map.

“People sometimes get confused by what to look for on their skin, and that could result in them ignoring any potential red flags that might be starting to crop up,” said Marmur. “So I always tell people to get to know their skin and if something is bleeding or doesn’t look right, then see a dermatologist. Whether or not you have a partner available to assist you with your skin self-exam, you should make skin self-exams part of your regular health regimen."

For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section of, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.