Expert Video - What happens during a physical exam for melanoma?

Laura Ferris, MD, PhD, dermatologist and melanoma specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, describes what happens during a physical examination for possible melanoma. This includes questions the doctor may ask and areas they examine. Dr. Ferris also explains what "ABCDE" and "the ugly duckling" mean, how a dermatoscope is used, and why examining lymph nodes is important. Learn what to look for at home and the questions to ask your doctor about melanoma.

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This educational activity has been developed by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, DermTech and Genentech.

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