For patients who love the sun, a skin check with a specialist is a must.
Delaware’s melanoma rate is the fifth highest in the nation. It’s important to discuss exposure to the sun with your patients — particularly those who work outdoors and have an increased risk. Most melanomas are likely to occur in individuals who are fair-skinned. Women are at higher risk before age 40, and men after age 40. Encourage self-examination and, for high-risk individuals, recommend an annual examination by a clinical expert such as a dermatologist. You can refer patients to ProtectYourSkinDE.com for more information and to find a dermatologist.
Who Is at Risk for Melanoma?
Risk factors for melanoma include:
- Exposure to excessive UV light from sources such as the sun or tanning beds
- History of sunburns
- Presence of moles
- Light-colored skin, freckles, light hair, and blue or green eyes
- Family or personal history of melanoma
- Women younger than age 40
- Men older than age 40
- Diagnosis of xeroderma pigmentosum
If Your Patients Are Underinsured or Don’t Have Insurance, They May Qualify for a Free Screening
Screening for Life may pay for a skin cancer screening if the patient:
- Is age 18 to 64
- Is age 65 or older and does not qualify for Medicare
- Meets the income guidelines of Screening for Life (income scale is based on a family’s size and can be obtained by calling Delaware 2-1-1, toll-free)