Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma: Screening and Diagnosis

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Fatemeh Akbarian, MD,1 Mehdi Aarabi, MD,2 Ali Vahidirad, MD,3 Mehrdad Ghobadi, MD,4 Mohaddeseh Ghelichli MD,5
Mohammad A. Shafiee, MD, MSc, FRCPC,6

1Dermatologist, Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 2Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 3,4,5Joint, Bone, Connective Tissue Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. 6Division of General Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Abstract
Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma has the highest morbidity and mortality among different types of skin cancers; as one of the most common malignancies in the world. Early detection and diagnosis of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma followed by adequate surgical excision are the most important tasks in management of this potentially curable skin cancer. Screening methods and diagnostic criteria including clinical and dermoscopic findings will be discussed in this article.
Keywords: Melanoma, Dermoscopy, UV Exposure, Epiluminescence Microscopy (ELM).