Catching a young melanoma

Detecting early malignant changes using technology

Because melanin appears black, brown, grey or blue depending on whether it is located in the stratum corneum, dermoepidermal junction, superficial dermis or deep dermis respectively, dermatoscopy provides three-dimensional information about pigmented skin lesions.

It can also provide information in the fourth dimension, time, because circumferential clods, radial lines or pseudopods are reliable evidence of growth, and although that can be normal in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, after the age of 40—50 it can be a clue to melanoma.

Before puberty, a