Calm your worries with regular dermatoscopic examinations.
Dermoscopy or dermatoscopy is a diagnostic method for examination of pigmented and non-pigmented skin tumors with the help of a dermoscope or “dermatological stethoscope”. In addition to the “classic” dermoscopic examination of moles, dermoscope can be used in general dermatology (inflammoscopy) to help us formulate a diagnosis, and it also serves as a diagnostic method for confirming skin infections (entodermoscopy), such as in the case of scabies. Using a dermoscope, we observe changes that are not clinically visible and detect atypical skin changes with greater certainty.
During consultations and examinations, we are happy to advise and teach our patients about examining their moles on their own using the simple ABCDE rule.
A trend of increasing incidence of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) has been observed in the last few years. Dermoscopic examination enables greater sensitivity in diagnosing melanoma, which should be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. It has been scientifically proven that people with fair skin phototype (blue eyes, light hair, rapid onset of erythema after exposure to the sun) and a greater number of moles are more prone to developing melanoma and skin cancer.