Early Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancer Is The Key To Save Life

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Once every ninety minutes a California resident is diagnosed with a new case of melanoma skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. A local dermatologist is working to decrease this alarming statistic, and increase the likelihood that local residents diagnosed with this deadliest type of skin cancer will survive.

"Avoiding excessive exposure to direct sunlight and protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays is the best defense against skin cancer, but it's equally important to have your skin examined at least once a year by a board-certified dermatologist, especially if you have any moles that are irregular in shape or have recently appeared or changed in size, shape or color," said Dr. Kenneth Gross of Skin Surgery Medical Group. "Early detection of suspicious pigmented lesions is the key to early diagnosis and the prevention of advanced melanoma."

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When melanoma is caught in its early stages, it's almost always curable.

Risk factors for melanoma include:

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