Skin Cancer Can Sneak Up On The Most Savvy --Monthly Skin Checks, Vigilance Are Key

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Maybe you were sunburned as a kid, or haven't been diligent about wearing sunscreen, but you probably thought that, should a suspicious spot appear, your doctor would catch it and keep you healthy. Well, that isn't always the case.

More than 90 percent of dermatologic surgeons have seen at least one patient in the past year with skin cancer that was overlooked or misdiagnosed by a nondermatologist, finds a survey of 271 docs by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

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