Few over 50 get skin cancer screenings


April 21, 2010 2:01:15 PM PDT
Despite the fact that skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, few people over 50 get skin cancer screenings.

That's the finding of a new study in the American Journal of Medicine. It found the lack of screening was more common among those who did not finish high school or receive other common cancer screenings.

Scientists say people over the age of 50 are at the highest risk for developing melanoma. They add it's time to figure out why they are not being screened and do something about it.