A study by the University of
Otago found that the vast majority of melanomas (85.4 per cent) are self-detected by patients themselves. Families or friends
were also very helpful at pointing out spots, at 62.7 per
cent and 22.7 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, doctors first detected only 14.6 per cent of all melanomas. It just goes to show that regularly checks
of your skin is both important and effective.