Melanoma and Marital Status: A Study
11 May 2018
A study has come out of the United States which has discovered a link between early detection in melanoma and marital status. Over 50,000 people were identified in the study led by peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Dermatology.
The paper, ‘Association on Marital Status with T Stage at Presentation and Management of Early-Stage Melanoma’, revealed that marital status affected whether a patient was diagnosed with early disease or advanced melanoma.
The study found that spouses were more likely to facilitate early detection of melanomas by assisting in identification of pigmented lesions that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. This highlights the importance of early detection, and being proactive about knowing the skin you're in. The benefit of early detection applies to friends and family as well, so make sure you’re looking out for any changes to the skin in those around you.