Can You Spot The Melanoma?

Three of the lesions in the above photo are melanoma?  Can you pick which ones?

Chances are you are finding it very difficult.

The fact is most doctors would also find this task difficult!

In order to diagnose skin cancer and melanoma accurately and at its earliest stages it is essential that the doctor uses an instrument known as a dermatoscope and has received training in using this instrument.  

A dermatoscope is an instrument that allows visualisation of structures and pigment beneath the skin surface.  It is like looking into the ocean with polaroid sunglasses. All the pictures above were taken through a dermatoscope.

If your skin cancer doctor is not trained in using this device then they are not examining your skin properly and they will potentially miss diagnosing deadly melanoma!