Every single hour, someone dies of melanoma. That statistic could be reduced dramatically if the cancer is caught earlier. Early skin cancer does not have the ability to spread through the body! Even though the cells multiply, the cancer can’t invade other layers of skin in the early stages. Only over time do genetic changes occur enabling it to spread. This is precisely why early detection is so vital.
Early detection is something Dr. Shore has been advocating for a quarter of a century. At his dermatology practice, he has persuaded high risk patients to come in for check-ups every six months. The results? In over 25 years, not one person in the program has died from skin cancer or even had a close call:
The Skin Check Program – 1992 to Present
Over 20,000 skin examinations performed
Over 3,000 skin cancers detected
Over 100 melanomas detected
But NO DEATHS due to any skin cancers
Details of his program have been published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: Drugs-Devices-Methods. 2011;10(3):244-252) and reported at major dermatology meetings. This article (in PDF) is provided with compliments by the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD).
Full skin examinations, if performed in a serial manner, ideally every 6 to 12 months, by dermatologists or other medical personnel who have been specifically trained for this procedure, can result in cures of skin cancer in almost all cases.
We recommend such examinations for individuals with a history of significant past sun or ultraviolet light exposure (e.g. tanning salons), particularly if there have been severe or blistering sunburns at any time in the past, since this predisposes to melanoma in particular. In addition, we recommend these examinations for individuals with the following additional risk factors:
- Fair skin types
- Red or blond hair
- Atypical moles
- Numerous moles
- Past history of any skin cancer
- Family history of melanoma
Although not widely known by the public at this time, light skinned men over 50 are particularly at risk for both developing and dying of melanoma. We highly recommend that such individuals, particularly those with a history of multiple and/or severe sunburns, participate in serial screening programs. Doing so could be life-saving.