As National Healthy Skin Month begins, the American Academy of Dermatology has released new guidelines to help doctors provide the best possible treatment for melanoma patients.

The AAD’s “Guidelines of care for the management of primary cutaneous melanoma,” published online today in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, outline best practices for treatment of the disease. Developed by a work group composed of dermatologists, oncologists and other experts in the field, the guidelines are based on the latest available evidence; new areas addressed include melanoma in pregnancy and genetic testing for hereditary risk.

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