The risk of dying from the most dangerous type of skin cancer is significantly reduced with regular doctor visits, according to a study. This is believed to be the first study of its kind to link melanoma mortality with routine health care use. Researchers found that deaths from melanoma dropped 70 percent in patients who had at least one visit to their family doctor or to a specialist in the five years prior to their diagnosis. When factoring in age, gender, socio-economics and co-morbidities, mortality decreased by 90 percent in patients who visited a specialist.
Source: Henry Ford Health System. “Regular doctor visits may greatly diminish skin cancer deaths.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 May 2014.