Sunday, 13 May 2018

Marriage may be good for catching melanoma early

Compared to married patients, widows were 70 percent more likely to have early-stage melanoma diagnosed when it was thicker and harder to treat, while divorced people were 38 percent more likely to get diagnosed later and never-married individuals had 32 percent higher odds, the study team reports in JAMA Dermatology.

"We suspect that part of the reason that married patients present with earlier-stage melanoma is from having another pair of eyes on their skin that allows for identification of suspicious lesions," said lead author Cimarron Sharon of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

"People in long-term relationships see their partner's skin frequently over time, and are able to notice any new or changing lesions, especially in difficult to see areas, such as the back," Sharon said by email.

Married people may be more likely to spot a deadly skin cancer sooner than their counterparts who aren't part of a couple, a U.S. study of melanoma patients suggests.

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My 2 cents:
I have successful removed black spots and melanoma by using tiger balm ointment (red label, which is the stronger type). But there is a side-effect.

After applying for a few days, your skin will be very itchy. It is ok to scratch the itchy part (this is how your body wants you to remove the spots) but remember to cut your finger nails as long finger nails will cause bleeding to your skin.

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