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By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
June 10, 2014
Category: Melanoma
Tags: sunscreen   ABCDE   immunotherapy  

There has been a hopeful shift in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. I followed up recently with a patient who has allowed me to share his story with you. You can read about him and some new advances in the treatment of metastatic melanoma on the link below. 

The mainstay of melanoma treatment is always prevention. We urge you to have your skin examined by a dermatologist at least once per year. You should also check your own skin for changes as well. Keep an eye out for the ABCDE's, which are the signs of melanoma on your skin. A stands for asymmetrical growths. B stands for irregular borders. C stands for color. Growths with multiple colors or dark colors should be examined. D stands for diameter. Growths should not be larger than a pencil eraser in size. E stands for evolution. Any change to skin growths should also be examined.

Of course, we also urge you to wear sunscreen everyday. We prefer mineral based sunscreens with 6% Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.



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