In 2004, 482 Utahns were diagnosed with melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
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Detection of Melanoma by dermatologists is associated with earlier tumor stage at diagnosis, higher survival rates.
The addition of immunotherapy to chemotherapy for malignant skin cancer that has spread does not improve survival rates.
Individuals who received instruction on skin self examination with their partners may be more likely to engage in this cancer prevention behavior.
One time melanoma screening of adults age 50 or older appears to be as cost effective as other nationally recommended cancer screening programs.
To help the immune system attack melanoma skin cancer scientists harness diptheria toxin and interleukin 2.