Q&A: Regular self-exams, ABCDEs of melanoma may help detect skin cancer early

Source: Healio, May 2023

Although skin cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide, melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — has a 5-year survival rate of 99% when detected early.

The Skin Cancer Foundation launched The Big See campaign because, as its website states, “skin cancer is the cancer you can see” and checking yourself from head-to-toe once a month could help detect skin cancer early. Despite it being visible, skin cancer often goes undetected, which is why it is important that patients understand what to look for when conducting regular self-examinations.

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Healio spoke with Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, about what clinicians should know regarding patient education and screening.