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What is dermoscopy?
21st of April 2016
Dermoscopy is a technique for examining the appearance of the skin – ordinary skin as well as moles – to diagnose skin problems. It consists of using a handheld device, dermatoscopes, which combines strong magnification with good lighting to +/- a polarising filter to enable your dermatologist to get the best view possible of your skin problem. Although dermoscopy can be helpful in all forms of skin diagnosis, it is particularly helpful for the diagnosis of skin cancer, particularly melanoma.
Because if a melanoma grow just a fraction of a millimetre too deep, its much harder to stop.
Before we talk about why that is, lets get into some biology.
Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocytes, which are cells that produce a pigment called melanin. Melanin gives colour to the skin, hair and eyes. Melanocytes can also form moles, where melanomas can develop. Although most moles do not become cancerous, its important to spot the rare ones that do.
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The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, official figures show.