Boy's Acne Treatment at Crutchfield Dermatology Saves His Father’s Life When Melanoma is Found

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A recent news story published on the Crutchfield Dermatology website,, described how melanoma was found during a routine acne treatment visit.

Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D.

It will take less than 5 minutes and I won't charge you a penny.

Crutchfield Dermatology just published a news story on their website,, about a routine follow up acne appointment in which Melanoma was found.

During the visit a father patiently waited as Dr. Crutchfield examined his son’s progress. After Dr. Crutchfield reviewed the treatment plan for the boy and was leaving, Dr. Crutchfield noticed a suspicious-looking, dark mole on the father’s arm.

Outside the room, Dr. Crutchfield paused and then returned to the room to speak with the boy’s father about the suspicious mole. Dr. Crutchfield expressed his concern about the mole and asked if he may investigate further. The father responded that he and the boy were running late for work and school, and in any case, he had no personal health insurance. Dr. Crutchfield assured the father, “It will take less than 5 minutes and I won’t charge you a penny.” Dr. Crutchfield’s concern and offer convinced the man to permit a biopsy of the suspicious mole.

Incredibly, the pathology report confirmed Dr. Crutchfield’s suspicion: Melanoma. Clinic personnel immediately contacted the boy’s father, notified him of the diagnosis, and scheduled a complete and successful removal of the malignant Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Had the lesion gone unnoticed, it could have been life-ending for the father.

Melanoma is almost 100% curable. It’s important to have routine skin cancer screenings by a board-certified dermatologist and to receive proper education on how to perform a self-examination, what to look for, and how to identify warning signs.

About Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD:

Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield is an annual selection in the “Top Doctors” issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine. He is the only dermatologist to have been selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians. Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and dermatology textbook. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN, and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

For more information on Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. or Crutchfield Dermatology
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