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American Academy of Dermatology Issues New Guidelines of Care for Treatment of Melanoma

Updated evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of melanoma

 

Based on an extensive review of scientific literature and the recommendations of recognized melanoma experts, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has released updated evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Academy’s new guidelines of care for primary cutaneous melanoma focus on biopsy techniques, pathology, surgical treatment, (including sentinel the use of lymph node biopsy), and long-term follow-up care.

“Melanoma is a serious public health issue, as the number of cases has been increasing at an alarming rate — especially among younger people,” said dermatologist Ronald L. Moy, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “There are many factors that must be considered when diagnosing and treating melanoma, and these new guidelines offer physicians clinically sound recommendations on how to treat melanoma patients and potentially increase their chance of survival from this deadly disease.”

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