Self-exams help cut melanoma risk

Patients who carry out skin self-exams pick up melanomas earlier and might substantially reduce the risk of one developing in the first place, a study suggests.

US researchers found melanoma risk was halved in people who examined their skin at least once a year — provided they also saw a doctor within that period — compared to those who did neither.

Self-examination was also associated with a 61% reduction in tumour depth at diagnosis,