VisiDerm Skin Monitoring System enables you to monitor the color,size,shape, and elevation of moles/pigmented skin. Recordings will document/compare moles and can alert of moles changes that may signal skin cancer. And the immediate need to see a doctor.
The skin, the largest organ of the body, is made up of living cells that grow and divide. Cancers can develop in the skin as well as in other parts of the body. When Melanocytes (cells that give pigment [color] to the skin) become cancerous, this is called melanoma. Melanoma is less common than the other main types of sin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell cancers) but is much more likely to metastasize (spread to other organs) and to be fatal. The December 8, 2004 issue of JAMA includes an article about melanoma.
Melanoma experts advise looking for the ABCDs of melanoma:
Any suspicious moles or kin lesions should be examined by your doctor and may require referral to a dermatologist (physician with specialized training in diseases of the skin). Skin biopsy (removal of the lesion, or a piece of it, for testing) is a simple procedure and is done routinely in the doctor's office. For advanced melanomas, other testing may include chest x-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, or bone scan. These tests look for possible spread to other organs.
Treatment options depend of the size, depth, and spread of melanoma. Melanomas need to be surgically removed. Other treatments for advanced or metastatic melanomas include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunologic therapy.
To find this and previous JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page Link on JAMA's web site at www.jama.com. A Patient Page on detecting skin cancer was published in the February 17, 1999 issue.
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