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How can I be screened for melanoma?

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You can check your skin for large, dark, oddly shaped, or raised blotches. It's especially important to check your back and your scalp, scrotum, and in between your toes. It's harder to see melanomas in these places. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of these changes. He can tell you if the spot is normal or not. Get screened regularly by a dermatologist if you have a higher risk for melanoma, like if you've had it before or it runs in your family.

From: 5 Curable Cancers WebMD Medical Reference

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Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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