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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2007 April;142(2):55-70

Copyright © 2007 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Early diagnosis of melanoma: what do we know?

Yee E. F. T. 1, Hoffman R. M. 2, Berwick M. 3

1 Department of Medicine New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA 2 Department of Medicine New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System University of New Mexico Cancer Research Treatment Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA 3 Division of Epidemiology University of New Mexico Cancer Research Treatment Center Population Science Program, Albuquerque, NM, USA


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Malignant melanoma is a potentially lethal disease with an excellent prognosis if detected early. In this paper, we review the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, epidemiology, and risk factors for melanoma. We also examine clinical models for predicting risk and survival, and critically appraise data on the effectiveness of screening for melanoma.

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