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June 21, 2016 / molehunter

BDNG dermoscopy presentation

This is the PDF of a presentation I am due to give tomorrow at the Bournemouth International Centre to the British Dermatological Nursing Group. It is intended for the delegates at that course but if anyone else wants to have a look, OK.

final draft BDNG dermoscopy



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  1. / Jun 21 2016 11:42 pm

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    • molehunter / Jun 29 2016 10:08 am

      Hi. Women’s higher survival rate is often thought to be due to their paying more attention to their skin and reporting suspicious lesions earlier. Also, men get more melanomas on the back and they may be noticed later there. Women get more on their legs, which are easier to see. There also may be differences in women’s immunity-immune response has a lot to do with survival from melanoma. We aren’t certain.

      kind regards

  2. Dr Angie Anderson / Jun 22 2016 4:24 pm

    Great summary for newcomers to dermoscopy

  3. Благовест Богданов / Jul 1 2016 11:35 am

    I once read about a couple of patients using dermoscope to monitor any changes in their naevi 🙂 so i bought a dermoscope and started looking at mine (after having read a lot of info about all the dermoscopic features) 😀 do you encourage such practice?

  4. Andy / Jul 1 2016 1:58 pm

    Thank you for your website. I found it (I’m not a doctor at all) after becoming interested in “atypical moles”. I appreciate your down-to-earth approach to these suckers. Seems like there’s a lot of mis-information out there and a lot of mole-paranoia. You talked about digital imaging in a few other posts, and monitoring flat lesions. In your experience with melanoma, are flat lesions usually (or always? Although who can say “always”?) thin at diagnosis of melanoma?

    • molehunter / Sep 5 2016 1:51 pm

      Thanks for commenting. There seem to be 3 or 4 distinct types of melanoma, presumably depending on the particular mutation plus immunological responses. I am not a great expert in this area, I work more on the diagnostic side. Superficial spreading melanomas are the most common sort, and they are flat when they begin. We cut them out as soon as we see them, so we can’t study them as they grow for obvious reasons. Some melanomas are solid lumps that grow very fast right from the start. These are very dangerous, and often just pink. Dermoscopy doesn’t help. It is a sound rule that moles which are stable (i,.e, not changing) are harmless.

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