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Dermatoscopy – protect yourself from melanoma


Every year, the incidence of melanoma increases. Cancer mainly affects Caucasians, with the highest incidence in European countries, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Melanoma can be contracted at any age. After the age of 20, the risk of developing the disease gradually increases, and most cases are recorded between 50 and 65 years of age. Melanoma detected too late gives many metastases and is difficult to treat, which is why 1 in 3 cases of the disease is fatal.

The good news is that early detection of melanoma gives almost a complete chance of cure. All you have to do is regularly observe your skin and consult a dermatologist in case of any disturbing changes. A simple examination, which is pelmatoscopy, will detect possible abnormal changes, thanks to which it will be possibleto quickly implement effective treatment.

Dermatoscopy – what is it?

Dermatoscopy is a diagnostic method used in dermatology. It is used to assess skin lesions and is of particular importance in the differential diagnosis of melanoma. The doctor evaluates the pigmented lesion with dermatosko. The device allows you to view changes, usually in ten times magnification. Itis also equipped with a light source. Dermatoscopy is a cheap and non-invasive diagnostic method, and at the same time extremely effective. The doctor is able to carefully inspect the change in a few minutes. The length of the examination depends on the number of lesions on the skin.

What does the doctor pay attention to during the examination?

  • shape of the lesion – changes of irregular shape, jagged edges are carefully analyzed by the doctor,
  • size – lesions with a diameter of more than 6 mm should be of particular interest to the doctor,
  • color – uneven coloring, i.e. uneven distribution of the dye is one of the reasons forconcern,
  • structure – convex, concave and uneven changes deserve special attention.

In the case of melanoma, the most common changes are:

  • Asymmetric
  • have jagged edges,
  • black or red colour,
  • large, more than 6 mm in diameter,
  • variables – they grow quickly and change color.

Dermatoscopy – who should undergo the examination?

Any disturbing change on the skin is an indication for dermatological consultation and dermatoscopic examination. Especially people with fair skin, with a lot of freckles, moles and other birthmarks should regularly observe their skin. People who have suffered sunburn or who have a family history of melanoma should also be especially vigilant. Indications for derm atoscopic examination are also: hemangiomas, seborrheic keratosis of the epidermis, papillary lesions and scabies.

If you have observed moles that cause you concern, consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. How much does a dermatoscopic examination cost? We invite you to familiarize yourself with our price list.


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