Mole or melanoma screening with digital dermoscopy
Why necessary the mole screening with digital dermoscopy?
Because of the thinning of the ozone layer, the solarium use and the sunbathing without sunscreens increase the frequency of malignant melanoma which is the most malignant skin tumor. The pigmented moles are risk for the development of malignant melanoma because 30 percent of melanoma arises form this type of nevus. There are 3 types of pigmented nevi: congenital, acquired, and dysplastic. The UV radiation and the genetic factors are the main factors in the development of pigmented nevi and melanoma too. The melanoma is the cancer of the pigment cells of the epidermis. Its emergence and spreading is quick and aggressive. It occurs mainly between 40-50 years but it can occur more and more often in younger people. Its frequency is equal in women and man. It can be seen most frequently in woman on the extremities and in man on the trunk.
The malignant melanoma is one of the most easily screening cancer. The goal of the mole or melanoma screening is the discovery of melanoma in early stage and the discovery of pigmented nevi that can transform to malignant melanoma.
It is worth to you to apply for the digital dermoscopy in our private practice because of the following reasons
- It gives you security my 38 years of experience
- Immediate response: you will know at once whwther your nevi have to removed
- Complete service: after the mole screening we make the carbon dioxide removal of benign moles
- We give you a detailed leaflet about the self assessment of the moles.
The digital dermoscopy is suitable for the followings
The digital dermoscop is a special hand glass with tenfold magnification that is provided with a camera. We can save and store the photos in its memory and by this way we can follow the changing of the moles. Using the digital dermoscop we can decide whether the nevi are surely benign, surely malignant or emerge the possibility of malignancy. The use of digital dermoscopy makes it possible at the same time the high precision diagnosis and the data storage for the regular review.
We use the digital dermoscopy on the following way
- We visually inspect the whole skin surface
- We make photos about the different regions
- We examine the moles with digital dermoscop with tenfold increase
- We store the photos of those moles that have to be monitored
- We compare the new photos with the former ones and we decide about the following steps
At whom and when the digital dermoscopy can be done?
The digital dermoscopy is a painless and harmless investigation. It can be done in infant and in pregnant woman too. The different seasons are important because of different considerations. In winter months when the skin is pale the quality of nevi is easily examined. In spring the goal is the status survey. In autumn, after the sunbathing the goal is the examination of the changes.
The digital dermoscopy is advisable for the following people
- Who has had malignant melanoma: tenfold rsik
- Who has one dysplastic nevi: twofold risk
- Who has a couple of dysplastic nevi: tenfold risk
- Who has a lot of nevi: for example in the case of more than 40 nevi the risk is 5-7 folds
- Who has a relative with malignant melanoma: twofold risk in the first degree relatives
- Who are light skinned
- Who has new nevus/nevi
- Who are heavily sun exposed
- Who has changing nevus/nevi
- Who frequently goes to solarium
- Who suffered sunburn in childhood
- Who has large, dark brown congenital nevi
- Who has nevus/nevi that causes pain, itching
- Who has changing nevus/nevi during pregnancy
- Who has nevus/nevi on sites where injury can happen (sport, clothing)
- Who has nevus/nevi on sites where the self assessment is hard: scalp, perineum, back, sole of the foot
- Who wants to be in safe
What about the frequency of the digital dermoscopy?
In the case of pigmented nevi it is indicated in every year. In the case of dysplastic nevi it is indicated in every 3-6 months. During this time you have to do the self assessment in every 3 months. If you see change in the color or in the shape of the pigmented nevi you have to ask a date for dermoscopy. By this method it can be discovered the dangerous moles or the malignant nevi. It is true for the malignant melanoma too that the early detection can save the life.
Dermoscopy: 22 000 HUF