March 24, 2017
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VIDEO: Screening improves detection of curable melanoma

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NEW YORK — Laura K. Ferris, MD, PhD, associate professor of dermatology at University of Pittsburgh, discussed the impact of a primary care–based melanoma screening intervention implemented at their cancer center at the HemOnc Today Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies meeting.

“One of the things we found is that by taking this approach, we have been able to target both an older population — the median age was about 60 — and more men that have been targeted in previous screening interventions,” Ferris said, adding that over 40% of screened patients were men.

More patients who were screened had a higher rate of melanoma detection, which included curable and thinner melanomas.

“We find it very encouraging and that screening is resulting in early detection,” Ferris said. – by Melinda Stevens

Disclosures: Ferris reports no relevant financial disclosures.