Melanoma 101: Introduction to a Deadly Skin Cancer

  • Medical Author: Jeffrey John Meffert, MD
  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Where can people get more information about melanoma?

  • For further information about all aspects of melanoma, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • One can obtain information about free skin cancer screening clinics held by the American Academy of Dermatology every May all over the country.

REFERENCES:

Mayer, J.E., S.M. Swetter, T. Fu, and A.C. Geller. "Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part I. Epidemiology, high-risk groups, clinical strategies, and diagnostic technology." J Am Acad Dermatol 71.4 Oct. 2014: 599.e1-599.e12; quiz 610, 599.e12.

Mayer, J.E., S.M. Swetter, T. Fu, and A.C. Geller. "Screening, early detection, education, and trends for melanoma: current status (2007-2013) and future directions: Part II. Screening, education, and future directions." J Am Acad Dermatol 71.4 Oct. 2014: 611.e1-611.e10; quiz 621-2.

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