Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma: Screening and Diagnosis

Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada may claim one non-certified credit per hour for this non-certified educational program.

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.

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).


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We are just acquiring one of these non contact instruments so this outline is a timely resource. Thanks. G.D.H.

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Excellent review article. Thanks for the hand cleanser tip!

Very useful clinically, well written, excellent topic. Great job.

very informative important topic

Alcohol based soap less gel hand cleanser is readily available in clinics and offices. Works well for dermoscopy and provides some disinfection of the dermoscopy.

Melanoma is the less common than bcc or scc but there are a number of much rarer skin ca's


Excellent article