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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Clinics in Dermatology|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2013|
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