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MelaFind: A new device for spotting skin cancer

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HOUSTON (KPRC) -- Every hour, someone in the United States dies from melanoma.

Despite efforts to raise awareness about sun protection, it remains the fastest growing cancer.

But, a new high-tech tool is helping doctors catch it before it grows deadly.

Donna Martin was a life-long sun worshiper, until she was diagnosed with melanoma.

"It's a rude awakening and it really makes you think about getting exams of a regular basis," she says.

Now she tells others to do the same, especially if they have a history of skin cancer.

She said she gets her skin cancer checks, "Quarterly and I don't miss them. I be sure that I keep them because the earlier the detection, the better."

Now she tells others to do the same, especially if they have a history of skin cancer.

Initially developed by the Department of Defense to detect missiles, MelaFind is FDA Approved to help dermatologists detect melanoma sooner than ever using light technology to see 2.5mm into the skin.

Dr. Goldberg explained, "The very small lesions, the early ones have few changes to indicate that there may be a melanoma or they may not be a melanoma. But this machine helps us make that diagnosis."

Read more at KPRC's website.

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