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Melanoma: How effective is skin cancer screening?

The aim of skin cancer screening is to detect skin cancer or pre-cancerous conditions at an early stage so that they can be treated more successfully. The idea is to help prevent skin cancer or at least improve the chances of a complete recovery and avoid severe complications. The main part of skin cancer screening is a full-body visual examination performed by a doctor. The following information applies to the German health care system. Some aspects may be different in other countries.All German statutory health insurers offer skin cancer screening for members over the age of 35. Participation is then free of charge and may not be billed as an individual health care service (IGeL).Under this plan you can have free screening every two years, where a doctor will carefully check for the main types of skin cancer: non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer) and melanoma. If you are privately insured in Germany you can ask your insurer about coverage.You can go directly to your dermatologist (specialist for skin diseases) for skin cancer screening. Your family doctor may also be qualified to offer screening.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: September 10, 2015

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011

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