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The role of dermoscopy in dermato-oncological diagnostics - new trends and perspectives

Grażyna Kamińska-Winciorek, Aleksandra Pilśniak
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.a2021.0013

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Medical history and clinical examination are the basic elements of medical diagnostics. Clinical examination in the context of dermatology should be combined with taking and archiving of clinical, dermoscopic and/or video dermoscopic photographs. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive examination and it is the recommended method of examining skin lesions. It requires many years of experience and extensive training, and then can be very helpful in the diagnostic process because it allows more thorough examination than our unarmed eye. The diagnosis of malignant skin tumors has been significantly improved by noninvasive real-time diagnostic devices. Based on the literature data we discussed the most commonly used algorithms in the diagnostic process. It should be emphasized that the dermoscopic evaluation may facilitate the diagnosis and early treatment of micromelanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Finally, the role of dermoscopy in the follow-up of oncologic patients should not be forgotten.

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Medical history and clinical examination are the basic elements of medical diagnostics. Clinical examination in the context of dermatology should be combined with taking and archiving of clinical, dermoscopic and/or video dermoscopic photographs. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive examination and it is the recommended method of examining skin lesions. It requires many years of experience and extensive training, and then can be very helpful in the diagnostic process because it allows more thorough examination than our unarmed eye. The diagnosis of malignant skin tumors has been significantly improved by noninvasive real-time diagnostic devices. Based on the literature data we discussed the most commonly used algorithms in the diagnostic process. It should be emphasized that the dermoscopic evaluation may facilitate the diagnosis and early treatment of micromelanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Finally, the role of dermoscopy in the follow-up of oncologic patients should not be forgotten.

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dermoscopy; dermato-oncology; skin cancer; cutaneous melanoma; skin malignancies

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The role of dermoscopy in dermato-oncological diagnostics - new trends and perspectives

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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

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Ahead of print

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Review paper

Published online

2021-02-08

DOI

10.5603/NJO.a2021.0013

Keywords

dermoscopy
dermato-oncology
skin cancer
cutaneous melanoma
skin malignancies

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Grażyna Kamińska-Winciorek
Aleksandra Pilśniak

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