The image shows four early stage melanoma, detected on the same 47 year old patient, between 2015 and 2018.
Diagnosis at an early stage is critical for melanoma, which then has a cure rate approaching 100%. We should also note that people who have a melanoma are more likely to see others appear in the future. In this case:
- The melanoma at figure A was picked up on the initial session, baseline full body images were also taken.
- At the next screening session, the melanoma at figure B was detected during body mapping comparison.
- A year later, the same sequential dermoscopy method found two new melanoma, shown at figures C and D.
All four melanoma were quite small and could have been missed with a standard examination, or older monitoring strategies.
The Digital Advantage
Although on the same patient, the melanoma shown above appeared on the leg, arm, back and abdomen. They also took different forms, ranging from irregular streaks, to a plainer, globular shape.
The depth of the lesions was small, from 0.2 to 0.6 mm and to the naked eye, they did not appear significant. Self checking, or following the ABCDE acronym would have been unlikely to raise concerns.
A combination of sequential digital microscopy, dedicated software and an experienced dermatologist were the detection methods. In this case, allowing all four melanoma to be successfully treated with quite minimal excision.
More serious outcomes were avoided, even though the lesions were inconsistent, on different parts of the body and hard to detect. For all of us to a degree and for those at risk in particular, modern science helps.
You may see varying options for skin cancer screening, which appear similar, although there are subtle differences. The form of screening chosen for you should be based on your needs, lifestyle, medical history and more.
A consultant dermatologist, specialising in skin cancer, can create a personal program. The objective is to provide the same advantages the patient in the case study benefited from.
Melanoma can develop into a serious, life threatening condition but this is so often avoidable. Your skin offers warnings and the latest technology can detect a range of skin cancers, making immediate treatment available.
By all means see further information in the pages below:
- The main types of: Skin Cancer Screening.
- Our facilities for: In Depth Mole Mapping.
- An introduction to: Skin Cancer Treatment.
- News & views in: Our Skin Cancer Blog.
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