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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2015 October;150(5):507-19

Copyright © 2015 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Dermoscopy of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer

Babino G. 1, Lallas A. 2, Longo C. 2, Moscarella E. 2, Alfano R. 3, Argenziano G. 4

1 Department of Dermatology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy; 2 Dermatology and Skin Cancer Unit, Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova, IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy; 3 Department of Anesthesiology, Surgery and Emergency, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 4 Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy


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Skin cancer is a major health problem because of its high incidence in white populations, as well as its related potential morbidity and mortality. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive tool that allows the identification of specific morphological features in different skin tumors, improving significantly the early diagnosis of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). This tool has also gained increased interest in the management of NMSC therapy and in the post-treatment follow-up. In this article, we provide a review of the dermoscopic patterns and criteria for the diagnosis of melanoma and NMSC described until now in the literature.

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