Melanoma kills almost 10,000 Americans each year, and early detection has the potential to cut that number in half within a decade. However, our ability to do so will depend on the evidence that screening for melanoma saves lives and that the benefits outweigh the harms. The past 5 years have seen a profound change in the published findings on this issue. Both short, free, online videos regarding skin self-examination http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/ToolsandCalculators/Videos/keep-my-skin-healthy-video and the INFORMED program for clinician skin examination http://www.skinsight.com/info/for_professionals/skin-cancer-detection-informed/skin-cancer-education , have been used to produce key evidence that will help us move forward to substantially reduce the burden of this disease.
Citation Format: Martin A. Weinstock. Cut melanoma deaths in half with screening? Current status. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research; 2013 Oct 27-30; National Harbor, MD. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Can Prev Res 2013;6(11 Suppl): Abstract nr SS03-01.