One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. But the good news is that if caught and treated early, you’re very likely to survive a diagnosis. The five-year survival rate for patients who develop melanoma and have it detected early, for instance, is 98 percent.
In order to check for potentially cancerous moles, dermatologists recommend that patients get an annual mole check performed. This can help your doctor to keep an eye on any irregularly shaped or suspicious moles and to make sure that you are clear of skin cancer.
But if you are at a higher risk of developing melanoma or want a more thorough examination, you may want to consider trying out a relatively newer technology known as mole mapping.
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