The light and the dark of dermatoscopy in the early diagnosis of melanoma: Facts and controversies

Zoe Apalla, Aimilios Lallas, Giuseppe Argenziano, Cinzia Ricci, Simonetta Piana, Elvira Moscarella, Caterina Longo, Iris Zalaudek

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Early diagnosis remains the best method to reduce melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer- related mortality and morbidity. Dermatoscopy was first introduced at the end of the last century, and besides the strict criticism that it initially received, the majority of the scientific community presently considers it revolutionary in the field of melanocytic lesion diagnostics. Cumulative evidence provides definite data that dermatoscopy improves the clinicians' diagnostic accuracy for melanoma compared with other clinical diagnostic approaches. There remain some barriers for its use such as lack of training, lack of time, and lack of reimbursement, as well as persisting skepticism about its true utility. In the current contribution, we focus on false beliefs and facts concerning dermatoscopy in the early diagnosis of melanoma and shed some light on some of the remaining "dark sides" of this issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-676
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Dermatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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