Why you should become an expert with a dermatoscope

It is not the sole preserve of a skin cancer practitioner to respond to a melanoma

In 1978 some saw but did not comprehend. But that was before hand-held scopes

Well before hand-held dermatoscopes were available, Dr Neville Davis who was the head of the Brisbane melanoma unit wrote: “Melanoma writes its message on the skin with its own ink, and it is there for all to see. Unfortunately some see but do not comprehend.”

That was in 1978. Many years later, one would hope every person who has been through medical school, or obtained a nursing degree, would recognise the distinctive signature of a melanoma which has grown to a greater size than the 6mm

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