It seems that marital and habitation status can affect a man’s risk of dying from melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. According to recent research, single men of all ages face a higher fatality risk from melanoma than other patients partially because their cancer tends to be more advanced when they are diagnosed. Researchers also found that older women who lived alone often had more advanced melanoma at the time of diagnosis. However, their single status had no bearing on women’s melanoma survival rates. These findings clearly indicate the need to convince single men and older women to commit to more frequent comprehensive dermatological exams for earlier detection of melanoma.

Dermatologists recommend being proactive about your skin health by having a regular full-body skin scan for benign and cancerous lesions. By examining your skin from head to toe, front to back, a dermatologist can analyze areas of skin that you cannot see and diagnose a variety of skin conditions. Call 630-832-2111 to schedule a scanning appointment at ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. We will check your skin for lesions and areas of discoloration and monitor changes in your skin from year to year. New and established patients are always welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. In the absence of an observant spouse, partner, or friend, single individuals are less likely to spot signs of skin cancer on places of their bodies that are hidden from their view.