Having one melanoma is a risk for getting another one. Plus reflections on oncology versus early detection to reduce melanoma mortality.
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
2M ago
Melanoma skin cancer can affect anyone, although it affects some groups much more than others. It’s very rare under the age of 16, gradually increases to a peak around the age of 80, with the typical age of onset being 64. The skin pigment melanin gives great natural protection, so that the darker a person’s ..read more
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Very irregular but harmless pigmented skin lesion
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
5M ago
The ABCD rule (Asymmetry, Border irregular, Colours mixed, Diameter over 6mm) is a useful rule of thumb for evaluating suspicious skin lesions. It is true to say that most melanomas will fail ABCD. However, the rule used alone (without dermoscopy) will miss small, featureless and non-pigmented melanomas, and some of these can be the most ..read more
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Who should have skin checks for melanoma?
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
5M ago
This question is easily answered if you are a dermatologist who earns a fee for every skin check you do. EVERYONE! But in a cash-limited, public funded health care system, we need a certain level of evidence before we roll out a universal screening campaign of any kind. And to date the evidence of benefit for ..read more
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Duchess of York melanoma scare
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
6M ago
Every now and then, we hear of a famous person being diagnosed with skin cancer and lots of articles appear, not always very well informed. It specially gets up my nose that while articles often include descriptions of what to look out for, for example lesions that bleed, break the ABCD rule, etc, we seldom ..read more
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Artificial Intelligence skin lesion diagnostic apps-good or bad?
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
6M ago
A position statement appeared in a recent Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (JEADV) was recently published. It was a thoughtful and thorough piece of work by the EADV Task Force on Artificial Intelligence (AI), led by various luminaries of the skin cancer diagnostics world including Professor Harald Kittler, whom regular readers ..read more
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World Dermoscopy Day Saturday 11th May 2024
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
6M ago
I an glad to announce that there will be a World Day of Dermoscopy run by the International Dermoscopy Society in partnership with various other non-invasive world skin diagnostics bodies on Saturday 11th May. Top world speakers will address a wide range of subjects, and thanks to our sponsors it will be free of charge ..read more
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Another death from a misdiagnosed melanoma
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
6M ago
The death from metastatic melanoma has been reported of 24 year old Gregor Lyn. From the story as widely reported, the bare facts are that he went to see his GP about a lesion on his neck in 2019 but was advised that it did not fit NHS criteria for removal. Clearly the GP did ..read more
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Dermoscopy course Southampton 24th April 2024
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
7M ago
I’m glad to announce a new day course aimed at beginners and improvers in skin lesion diagnostics with an emphasis of dermoscopy as a tool for triage. This is so totally necessary given the huge increase in urgent referrals to skin cancer clinics, most of which turn out to be for harmless skin lesions. OK ..read more
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Can UK reduce cancer deaths by earlier diagnosis?
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
8M ago
This item was on today’s BBC radio news. Saving lives by earlier detection through screening was mentioned but it was light on specifics and I heard nothing about skin cancer diagnostics and screening. Skin cancer kills some 3,000 people a year in Britain (compared with, say, cancer of the cervix, for which there is universal ..read more
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Skin Cancer Diagnostics Dermoscopy Masterclass Manchester 30th August 2024
Dermoscopy
by molehunter
8M ago
I am glad to be able to announce, on behalf of Skin Cancer Symposiums, an International Dermoscopy Masterclass to be delivered by 4 highly regarded world researchers and teachers. The Masterclass is an advanced level refresher and update and comes right after an accredited 2 day dermatoscopy symposium on the previous two days 28 and 29 August at ..read more
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