Melanoma in an active duty marine

Samantha J. Bartling, Shayna C. Rivard, Jon H. Meyerle

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Given that the majority of active duty service members are young and healthy, potentially malignant diagnoses such as skin cancer may be overlooked. Although melanoma accounts for only approximately 1% of skin cancers, it causes the greatest majority of skin cancer deaths. We present the case of a 27-year-old active duty Marine who presented with a hyperpigmented macule at his lateral neck that was a malignant melanoma in situ. This article reviews risk factors for the development of melanoma, offers guidelines for primary care providers, reviews resources for providers in a deployed or austere environment, offers recommendations for prevention and early diagnosis, and discusses follow up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e2034-e2039
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Bartling, S. J., Rivard, S. C., & Meyerle, J. H. (2017). Melanoma in an active duty marine. Military medicine, 182(9), e2034-e2039.