Navigation Links
The evolution of melanoma diagnosis: 25 years beyond the ABCDs
Date:7/29/2010

ATLANTAJuly 29, 2010Twenty-five years after publishing the mnemonic "ABCD" to facilitate the early diagnosis of melanoma, the group who came up with that moniker says early detection remains a key factor in lowering mortality from malignant melanoma. Darrell S. Rigel, M.D. and colleagues from the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine say that, despite all of the advances in melanoma diagnosis, timely recognition, detection, and rapid treatment of melanoma remain critical. Their report appears online on CA First Look, and will appear in the September/October issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Although examining tumor cells under a microscope remains the gold standard for diagnosing melanoma, it is one of very few cancers that has the potential to be diagnosed at an early stage through noninvasive approaches because it appears on the outside of the body. Based on their experience in evaluating patients at the New York University School of Medicine Melanoma Cooperative Group, the authors of the current report recommended in 1985 that attention to asymmetry (A), border irregularity (B), color variegation (C), and diameter more than 6 mm (D) of pigmented skin lesions could promote earlier recognition of malignant melanoma.

Approaches to melanoma diagnosis have dynamically evolved during the ensuing quarter century. In the 1990s, dermoscopy enabled the recognition of new subsurface features to help differentiate between malignant and benign pigmented lesions. During the last decade, new computer-based technologies have improved diagnostic sensitivity and specificity and may result in optimizing lesion selection for biopsy and pathology review.

"From the development of the ABCDs through current attempts that use complex computer algorithms and genetic markers, a clinician's ability to detect melanoma in its earliest form has been augmented," write the authors. "However, a 'good clinical eye' is still fundamental to selecting the lesions for evaluation among the sea of those that are prevalent."


'/>"/>

Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. CELLING Treatment Centers New Clinic Revolutionizes Spinal Care with Adult Stem Cells
2. Revolutionary therapy slows tumor growth in advanced breast cancer, Penn research reports
3. As Real as It Gets: All-New LeMond Revolution Bike Trainer Delivers Incomparable Road Feel and Performance
4. Beverly Hills Aesthetics Offers Revolutionary New Celluraze Procedure
5. ELLKAY Introduces Revolutionary Live Insurance Mapping Solution for Diagnostic Laboratories
6. Revolutionary Sports Bottle Unscrews at Both Ends for Easy Cleaning -- Never Deal With Stinky, Moldy Bottles Again
7. Comparing Tuition and Fees Just Got Easier With College Equalizer, the New Revolutionary College Search System Set to Launch Soon
8. Revolutionary scale makes losing weight easier than ever
9. Teaching Aid Revolutionizes the Teaching of Biology
10. Brain Academy's Revolutionary New Approach to Tutoring and Test Prep Helps Students Find Academic Success
11. Research: Major breakthrough will revolutionize the screening and treatment of genetic diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... ... Braun Industries will be participating as an exhibitor at EMS Today 2017. ... 23-25, 2017 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake ... on display. , “JEMS is a leader in EMS news and education. ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... February 19, 2017 , ... ... in better care, and MEDfx and the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) have ... As the nation’s first state-wide health information exchange, DHIN stores and shares real-time ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... Axendia, **FDAnews Free Webinar**, March 1, 2017 — 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 ... regulatory burden? Pay dividends in enhanced and predictable product performance? Streamline processes ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Butler Mobility invited Ken Matthews to visit its manufacturing ... Ken was impressed with the safety and reliability of the Stannah Stairlift as ... show. This endorsement by Ken Matthews can be heard on News Radio WHP ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Park Cities Pet Sitter ... Show on the Pet Life Radio network. The episode, which was posted this ... topics including: what factors led to Park Cities Pet Sitter’s being awarded the 2017 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... Traditional medical devices include devices (e.g., ... implantables, large endoscopes, needle based drug delivery, lab based diagnostics ... to three decades for the treatment and management of various ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA ) today announced ... Net income attributable to DaVita Inc. for ... million, or $0.80 per share and $880 million, or $4.29 ... to DaVita Inc. for the quarter and year ended December ... million, or $0.98 per share, and $789 million, or $3.85 ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 16, 2017  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... today announced that executive management will participate in the ... February 22-23, 2017. Adrian Adams , Chief Executive ... 1:35 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. ... the event may be accessed from the Investors section ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: