Arthur Rhodes, MD, MPH

Arthur Rhodes, MD, MPH


My goal is to pick up melanoma in its earliest
phase by following people at highest risk. If you’re from a family where anyone has
had melanoma, or if you have prominent numbers of moles, or if you have a mole that’s new
or changing, you probably oughta see a dermatologist. And that’s whether you’ve had heavy sun
exposure or not. Most melanomas are not related to sun exposure, and that concept goes against
a lot of the public messages that people are hearing. Whether you’re white or non-white,
you still can have a risk. No ethnic group. No racial group. No skin type is immune from
melanoma. In patients who are being followed with a
method we have called photographic surveillance, where patients are photographed head-to-toe
by a professional photographer and we use those images — comparing them to their baseline
photos — looking for the new mole or the changing mole, that’s how all melanomas
present. The earlier you pick up melanoma, the better the chance for cure with a simple
removal of the melanoma. I think it’s exciting to go to work every
day. It’s fun to be able to do what I do and prevent real problems.

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