Understanding melanoma symptoms and early skin cancer detection

Physician examining patient for melanoma symptoms.

Do you know how to spot melanoma symptoms and signs? With early detection, you can greatly increase your chances of surviving this serious form of skin cancer. 

While it accounts for only about 1% of all skin cancers, melanoma causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 100,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2023. 

In this blog article, you’ll learn what skin changes to watch for and when to have a suspicious spot checked by a doctor. We’ll also discuss how melanomas are treated and the outcomes for patients.

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How do you know when it is time for a skin cancer screening

Skin Cancer Check

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in America. It is also the easiest to cure if diagnosed and treated early. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone do a monthly head-to-toe examination of their skin. What should you be looking for? And when is it time to see the doctor? Read on for some basic guidelines.

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How to know it's time to see a dermatologist


Wrinkles, freckles, moles, rashes...these are all very common - and usually minor - skin problems for people of all ages. When do they move beyond a nuisance and into the category of needing medical attention? How do you know if you need a dermatologist?

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What is Psoriatic Arthritis


Approximately one third of people will develop psoriatic arthritic. Early recognition is critical to relieving the pain and inflammation of psoriatic arthritis. Yet many people do not know the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis or that psoriasis can affect the joints. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation delaying treatment for psoriatic arthritis as little as six months can result in permanent joint damage. It's important to learn the symptoms and treatment options. 

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Women and Psoriasis

Women are too often the last to go to the doctor. They are busy taking care of their families and loved ones and put themselves last on the list. There are some red flags that shouldn't be ignored - even by busy caretakers. One of those is a rash that won't go away even after treating it with over-the-counter medications. Sometimes a rash isn't just a rash - it could be the sign of a more serious disease called psoriasis. 

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