Early detection of malignant melanoma: the role of physician examination and self-examination of the skin

CA Cancer J Clin. 1985 May-Jun;35(3):130-51. doi: 10.3322/canjclin.35.3.130.


The combination of routine physician examination of the skin coupled with self-examination provides a realistic opportunity for the identification of early malignant melanomas. Removal of such thin lesions can significantly reduce the mortality rate from this potentially serious form of cutaneous cancer.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Keratosis / diagnosis
  • Lentigo / diagnosis
  • Melanoma / diagnosis*
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Middle Aged
  • Nevus, Pigmented / diagnosis
  • Physical Examination*
  • Risk
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology