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Higher survival and cure rates when melanoma IDd by dermato

In a recent study, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta studied over 2,000 melanoma patients. Of 1,467 patients with melanoma diagnosed by a dermatologist and 553 melanoma patients diagnosed by a non-dermatologist, tumors diagnosed by a dermatologist were thinner. 


On average, tumors diagnosed by a dermatologist were 0.86 millimeters vs. 1 millimeter thick for tumors diagnosed by a non-dermatologist. When a melanoma tumor is still less than 1 millimeter, patients have a 90 percent cure rate.

Survival rates were also higher in the group that had melanoma diagnosed by a dermatologist. "The two-year and five-year survival rates were 86.5 percent and 73.9 percent for the dermatologist group compared with 78.8 percent and 68.7 percent for the non-dermatologist group," the study authors wrote.

The study appears in the April issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

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AAD uses sun smart survey to rank major metropolitan cities

The American Academy of Dermatologys survey, RAYS: Your Grade, is designed to test the sun safety knowledge, behavior and attitudes of adults in 32 US cities in 29 states.  Cities are ranked based on the percentage of people who scored As & Bs.


The survey includes questions such as how often do you tan?, How many hours per week are you in the sun?, and Do you think tanned skin makes a person attractive?

Washington D.C. ranked number 1 as the Nations most sun-smart city; New York City, Miami, Tampa, and Los Angeles round out the top 5 (respectively).   Chicago came in last among the 32 cities.  To view a complete list of the cities, or to take the survey and test your sun smarts, log on to the American Academy of Dermatology's website at and




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Top 10 states for melanoma incidence are named

The Skin Cancer Foundation releases its list of the top ten states for estimated new cases of melanoma.  There is an estimated 60,000 new cases of melanoma projected for 2007.  More than half of those will come from 10 states including California (6,680), Florida (4,380), Texas (3,860), and Pennsylvania (3,120).  To find out if your state is in the top ten visit the Skin Cancer Organizations website at


States with higher latitude, including Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, Vermont, South Dakota, Delaware, and Montana, have a lower projected incidence due to lower sun exposure and cooler temperatures.  It is important to remember that no matter where you live, everyone should practice sun safety.  The Skin Cancer Foundations website includes a list of prevention tips to reduce your risk of skin cancer.


Source: Top ten states for melanoma. The Skin Cancer Foundation



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