Diagnoses of melanoma need further investigation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.627b (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:627
  1. Sam Shuster
  1. Emeritus professor of dermatology University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4BW

    EDITOR,—Rona M MacKie and David J Hole seem surprised that melanoma is diagnosed more commonly in affluent people yet the outcome is better than in less affluent people,1 but that was only to be expected, since there is no evidence that the flat lesions culled after programmes to increase awareness of melanomas are malignant.2 3 4 People have been frightened into going to their doctors with benign moles, seborrhoeic warts, and minor skin cancers or precancers; these have blocked clinics and may have …

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