Mole checkup - Dermoscopy
Dermoscopy, or mole checkup is simple, uninvasive, easy to perform and very useful method to establish a more reliable diagnose of pigment lesions or moles, and especially differ melanoma from other, benign pigment changes.
Why is dermoscopy done?
Clinical reliability of diagnosig melanoma with “the naked eye” is estimated at 65%, and a dermoscopy checkup significantly raises this reliability to 90%. This examination of pigment changes, plays a more prominent role in early melanoma detection without a doubt. Also, it is possible to use this method for early detection of other skin tumors.
What does a dermoscopy checkup look like?
The checkup itself is performed very simply, and the produced image is possible to store in the computer, after a while compare with an earlier dermoscopy image or send it to another dermatologist for additional expertise.
Considering an increasing frequency of skin tumors, we advise the patients to consult a dermatologist at least once a year and examine all of their moles in a dermatoscopy checkup. Also, if the dermatologist determines that the mole needs to be removed, do the mole removal procedure as soon as possible.
Spec. Dr. Svetlana Djurisic, dermatologist
Dermatological clinic DERMATIM, Belgrade, Serbia