Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most dangerous type skin cancer. More importantly, they may also be more inclined to nag their partners to get those moles checked out, the researchers said. The findings suggest that unmarried people should ask relatives or friends to do skin checks or seek frequent skin exams with dermatologists. Why marriage might a difference...

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