Suspicious pigmented nodule on face.
This 9 by 6 mm diameter nodular lesion on a midle aged white person’s face was referred as a suspected skin cancer due to recent change.
Dermoscopy revealed the textbook features of a haemangioma.
Looking at the dermoscopic view, this initially worrying deeply pigmented nodule cannot possibly be anything other than a haemangioma. Even those dermatologists who are sceptical about non-specialists using dermoscopy will agree that with a modest amount of training and study, GPs and other doctors can learn to recognise the positive diagnostic features of a haemangioma and therefore safely reassure the patient at the first consultation, avoiding the expense and worry of an urgent referral for such cases.