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.


Arm mole count 'predicts skin cancer risk'

20th October 2015

Having more than 11 moles on one arm indicates a higher-than-average risk of skin cancer or melanoma, research suggests.

Counting moles on the right arm was found to be a good indicator of total moles on the body. More than 100 indicates five times the normal risk.

The study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, used data from 3,000 twins in the UK.

GPs could use the findings to identify those most at risk, it said.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer affecting more than 13,000 people in the UK each year.


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. 

Hospitals see rapid rise in skin cancer

1 September 2014

The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, official figures show.

Too many cancer patients delay going to doctor with symptoms

June 11, 2014

One in five people who develop cancer symptoms delay going to see their GP for at least three months, according to new research which has renewed concern about the late diagnosis of cancer.

Experts said the number of people waiting three months was alarmingly high. Calls have been made for public education campaigns to be stepped up to tackle ignorance about what the signs of cancer are.

Skin cancer: Sunscreen 'not complete protection'

June 11, 2014

Sunscreen alone should not be relied on to prevent malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, research suggests.

The UK study backs public health campaigns calling for sunscreen to be combined with other ways to protect the skin from sun, such as hats and shade.

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