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Dermoscopy An Able Tool For The Fight Against Skin Cancer

Dermoscopy would make significant improvement in the fight against skin cancer. A study showed that the application of three basic criteria of dermoscopy gives more clarity for referring patients to a skin specialist. // This was shown in a study promoted by IDIBAPS-Hospital Clinic, in collaboration with several Catalan and Italian Primary Care Centres. This strategy they hope could relieve the demand of dermatology consultations and reduces dramatically the number of false negatives.

The primary care physicians (PCP) care for basic health problems of the people and refer them to specialists, who form the second level of health care. The PCPs, there by help in identifying pathologies and act as a connection in the network for doctors. The studies show that dermatology is one of the public health areas where the ability of PCPs could contribute with more benefits. A study promoted by researchers, shows that dermoscopy could increase sensitivity in 25% for the detection of malignant lesions. The study showed that three simple dermoscopy classification criteria would help PCPs make decisions. The team said that previous research works emphasized the benefits of dermoscopy, but its real usefulness had never been demonstrated in the framework of a real health system until now. The results will be published on 21st in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Several researchers of the IDIBAPS Genetic Factors and Treatment of Malignant Melanoma Group will endorse the article.

About 73 physicians were chosen to take part in the study. They came from the Primary Care Centre CAP Les Corts and from the CAPSE, centres linked to Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, and from medical centres in Naples (Italy). All of them were trained in a four-hour dermoscopy course and afterwards were randomly divided into two study groups. One group was given a dermoscope to work with and the second group was asked to work without a dermoscope. The dermoscope is a small magnifier with
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