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Dermoscopy is the examination of the skin using a hand held skin microscopy system. A Dermoscope used by an experienced Skin Cancer Doctor can make it easier to diagnose melanoma.

Dermoscopy requires a specialized medical instrument with powerful magnifying lens. This allows examination of skin structures and patterns.

The Skin and Mole Clinic is fully equipped with both hand held Dermoscopes and Digital Video Dermoscopy (Molemax).

What Are the Doctors Looking For?

Each pigmented skin lesion can be evaluated in terms of colours and structures.

Colours found in pigmented skin lesions include:
Black, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Red, Blue/Grey, and white.

Structural Analysis of skin lesions includes:
  • Symmetry or asymmetry
  • Homogeny (sameness) or heterogeny (structural differences within the lesion)
  • A Blue Grey Pigmentation (Highly Senistive for Melanoma)
  • Distribution of the Pigment Network: Prominent vs Regular, Peripheral and Central black/brown dots and globules
  • Edge Structures such as Radial Streaming
  • Skin surface Features: Keratin: milia, crypts, fissures
  • Vascular pattern: Regular vs Irregular
  • Border of the lesion: fading or sharply cut off
  • Ulceration
Each of the following pigmented skin lesions has specific dermoscopic patterns that your doctor will be loking for:
  • Melanoma
  • Dysplastic Naevi
  • Simple Naevi/Moles
  • Seborrheic Keratoses (senile warts)
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinomas
  • Haemangiomas

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Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world.

In Australia, 1 in 14 males and 1 in 22 females will develop invasive melanoma in their lifetime.