Skin Cancer Screening

Melanoma. The most malignant skin cancer

Melanoma is the type of skin cancer that has increased the most in recent years and is potentially the most aggressive. It originates with the cancerous transformation of melanocytes, which are cells found in normal skin that provide each person with their own skin colour. Melanoma can appear on a pigmented lesion (melanocytic nevi) or on healthy skin. Any pigmented lesion that changes in colour and/or in appearance should be checked by a dermatologist.

It is considered high risk cancer because melanoma is a tumour that can spread and produce metastasis very quickly. If melanoma is diagnosed early, the treatment simply involves surgery. That is why an early diagnosis with digital dermatoscopic monitoring is so important as it reduces the possibility of death.

What does skin cancer screening involve?

Paciente durante un screening cutáneo

The Dermatekpigmented lesion unit offers the following services:

  • An annual pigmented lesion check-up with dermatoscopy
  • Body mole mapping with digital dermatoscopy: FotoFinder dermoscope®
  • Follow-up, diagnosis and treatment of patients with melanoma

Digital Dermatoscopy

Imagen del screening

Digital dermatoscopy or epiluminescence microscopy with FotoFinder dermoscope® is currently the standard of excellence in monitoring pigmented lesions and in the early diagnosis of melanoma and all other malignant skin tumours.

Digital dermatoscopy improves the accuracy of a skin cancer diagnosis and prevents unnecessary extirpation and biopsies of benign lesions. Furthermore, it can be used to perform periodic side-by-side comparisons of pigmented lesions to detect even the slightest change that may suggest malignization. This reduces the chances of death. For more information, you can view the Atlas of Practical Dermatoscopy.