AAD: Older men should screen themselves for skin cancer

AAD: older men should screen themselves for skin cancer
Men aged 50 years or older are more likely to be diagnosed with invasive melanoma by a dermatologist than to detect it themselves; and they are less likely to seek a skin cancer screening due to a suspicious lesion, according to the results of two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, held from March 1 to 5 in Miami Beach.
(HealthDay)—Men aged 50 years or older are more likely to be diagnosed with invasive melanoma by a dermatologist than to detect it themselves; and they are less likely to seek a skin cancer screening due to a suspicious lesion, according to the results of two studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, held from March 1 to 5 in Miami Beach.

Laura K. Ferris, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues examined which patients detect their own melanomas before assessment by a dermatologist in a cohort of 167 patients diagnosed with melanoma. The researchers found that the patients discovered 60.5 percent of the melanomas, and that cases detected by the dermatologist were more likely in older patients. Men aged 50 years or older were more likely to be diagnosed with invasive melanoma by a dermatologist, compared with women in the same age group and and women.

In a second study, to examine the impact of age and gender, Ferris and colleagues surveyed 478 adults who went for screening by a . The researchers found that men aged 50 years or older mainly sought a skin examination because they had had a previous diagnosis of skin cancer (64.6 percent). Compared with other patients, this group was less likely to seek a skin cancer screening because of a suspicious spot (11 versus 22.5 percent).

"Older men are most at risk for and are most likely to die due to a delayed diagnosis," Ferris said in a statement. "This should be a wake-up call to men over 50 and their loved ones."


Explore further

Melanoma a big threat to older men

More information: Press Release
More Information

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: AAD: Older men should screen themselves for skin cancer (2013, March 1) retrieved 24 June 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-03-aad-older-men-screen-skin.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Mar 03, 2013
This doesn't make much sense to me. There are large parts of your body you can't examine very well, even with a mirror. Your back, for instance. That's why skin exams should be part of any normal checkup, but they aren't. Why? They don't take long. It takes longer to measure BP. IMHO this is an example of how fear of nudity is killing people.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more