Skin cancer accounts for 80-percent of all new cancers in the U.S. it's preventable and if caught early, it's curable.
Now, doctors' have a new way to find it - before it's too late.
Soaking up some rays can be fun or fatal. Doctor Mark Nestor says catching skin cancer early is key. "When it's caught early, it's virtually 100-percent curable; when it's caught late, it will kill you."
Detecting melanoma can be tricky. While some cancerous moles can be easy to spot, many others that are just starting to become dangerous are not. "What we wanna do primarily is never miss anything."
But now a new FDA approved tool is giving doctors the upper hand. "The idea here is to have the tools necessary to be able to tell whether or not we should biopsy a legion."
Melafind uses a scanner that emits ten unique wavelengths of light to analyze the various aspects of the mole. In just a minute it displays a 3-D image of the mole and rates its disorganization as high or low. "This is the first type of computerized diagnostic aid in this realm that has ever been approved by the FDA."
In studies, Melafind was 98-percent accurate in predicting melanoma and reduced unnecessary biopsies by 90 percent. "We are determining visually in a much better way." Helping catch cancerous moles before they kill you.
Melafind is being used in a few hundred sites across the country. Each session costs 150 to 200 dollars and it's not covered by insurance.