Early diagnosis of melanoma: What is the impact of dermoscopy?

Giuseppe Argenziano, Giuseppe Albertini, Fabio Castagnetti, Barbara De Pace, Vito Di Lernia, Caterina Longo, Giovanni Pellacani, Simonetta Piana, Cinzia Ricci, Iris Zalaudek

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There are three possible explanations for the improved melanoma recognition when a clinician uses dermoscopy: first, the presence of early dermoscopy signs that become visible in melanoma much before the appearance of the classical clinical features; second, an increased attitude of clinicians to check more closely clinically banal-looking lesions; and third, an improved attitude of clinicians to monitor their patients. In this review, the light and the dark sides of melanoma screening are briefly discussed, including the need to find better strategies to decrease the number of unnecessary excision of benign lesions on one hand, and to finally decrease melanoma mortality rates on the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-409
Number of pages7
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • dermatoscopy
  • dermoscopy
  • early diagnosis
  • melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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