Fast and Accurate Melanoma Detection

We are living in a world that is exposed with many different types of pollutants and yes, we are living in the greater risks of health diseases and illness. That is why we need to review our lifestyle and improve it to a better one. It is also important to know our own body better. There are many underlying symptoms that seem like minor thing but actually signs of very serious problem. It is like when you find dark or weird spots on the surface of your skin. It may be a minor thing, most cases are like that, but don’t forget that it can be a sign of skin cancer.

skin cancer symptomsLiving in the polluted world and exposed with UV rays from the sun, we have bigger risk of skin cancer today. There are various types of skin cancer symptoms and unfortunately, most of them are also related with various other skin problems. Early detection is very crucial in cancer treatment as earlier stage of cancer can be much easier treated with better prognosis. Melanoma is among the most aggressive types of skin cancer and it can be started with just a tiny mole on the skin. Once it is spread and penetrated under the skin layer, it can spread to other tissues and organs and lead to fatality.

Melanoma detection can be really sophisticated since it is related with various tests and we need to wait days or even weeks before diagnose confirms whether it is cancerous or not. MoleMap is offering better solution for more accurate and faster detection of melanoma. It is designed with advanced technology to deliver the best detection and surveillance tools and combined with the skills of dermatologists it leads to much accurate diagnoses.

melanoma symptomsMoleMap is based on known melanoma symptoms including comprehensive knowledge of different symptoms on men and women as well as demographic factors and other. It combines three techniques for accurate detection. First is dermoscopy that uses high magnification and high light intensity to see beneath the first skin layer to diagnose the mole. It is combined with sequential monitoring and total body photography, which are the second and third techniques, to indentify melanoma as well as changing lesion indicating cancerous melanoma. Ask your dermatologist about MoleMap or find dermatology clinic offering MoleMap. Don’t forget that getting a tiny mole check with MoleMap might be preventing you from a cruel cancer that can ruin your whole life.

Strange Mole Leads to Skin Cancer

cancerous molesThere is no doubt that in your life you will find many kinds of thing which makes you surprised. Among many things that will surprise you, it is obvious that you do not want to be surprised by uninteresting things or something that will make you sad. For example, you surely do not want to get surprised by the doctor who tells you that you have serious disease. That is why, in order to avoid this kind of thing, you need to know your body. Right now, it will be much better if you know the symptoms of melanoma, or also known as skin cancer, so you can recognize the symptom on your body.

For some people, mole is a common thing which shows up on their skin. You might also find it like that. However, you cannot down your guard even though the moles are very usual to you. From this little black dot on your skin, there is possibility that you will get skin cancer. Yes, the most common symptom of melanoma is moles which appear on your skin. That is why when you find strange new mole on your skin, it is a must for you to check it carefully to see if it is just common mole or melanoma symptoms.

When it comes to melanoma, the symptoms can be identified. Even though the mole looks the same, there is difference on it. It shows different symptoms. The mole appears in sudden. Besides, it can change its color, shapes, or dimensions. Sometimes, it feels itchy as well. If you scratch it, it can bleed and you do not feel comfortable because of it. If the signs that you feel is the same as those, there is no doubt that it is cancerous moles. Mole is not the only symptom of melanoma. Lesions can also be the sign of this skin cancer.

If you think that mole which is symptom of skin cancer can only appear on the back, then you are wrong. The symptom of melanoma can also show up in all area of your body from the head to toe. It appears without warning or sign. You will find it in sudden and you cannot predict when it disappears. Therefore, it is important for you to take a closer look to all of the moles on your skin so it can be examined earlier if there is something wrong about it.

 

Facts about the sun and skin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASkin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa.

If you are Caucasian and grew up in South Africa and you get long enough, the chances of getting non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma early) is close to 100%.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer.

At age 18, most people receive 80% of sun exposure during your lifetime.

A case of severe sunburn in childhood can double the risk of skin cancer in the future.

Regular application of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 during the first 18 years of life can significantly reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by more than 75%.

Farmers are particularly at risk, because they have long periods of exposure to strong sunlight. They are not at risk of developing basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

Sun is responsible for 80% of premature skin aging, so sunscreen better defense against wrinkles.

Use sunscreen every day, because it is associated with sun exposure – while driving a car or mowing the lawn – representing 80% of the exposure to life. Remember to use sunscreen on a cloudy day, 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds, smoke, fog, haze and thin clouds.

Dermatologist speculated that if the parents fail to put sunscreen on their children, the number of new cases of skin cancer could jump by tens of millions over the next two decades.

Many sporting activities in or near water, snow, sand or concrete to increase sun exposure to reflect up to 90% of UV rays.

Women of all ages are more likely than men to use products with SPF 15 or higher and use a sunscreen product. Perhaps this is one reason why the frequency of sunburn is higher in men than in women. The opposite is true for people 40 and older. For adults over 40, men are more likely to develop melanoma than women. For adults under 40, is anything but. Women are more likely to develop melanoma.

Sun beds and tanning lamps emit UVA and even ads can safely claim otherwise.

Sunscreen is one of the most important ways to protect children from sun damage at a later date.

Sun exposure at higher altitudes could mean increased exposure to UV rays. Thin clean air and increase the intensity of the sun and its effect on the skin;

Always be sure to add a sunscreen ears, nose, neck and hands. This area is easily forgotten, but prone to severe burns.

Skin reactions can occur when sunlight interacts with chemicals or certain medicines. Some antibiotics, colognes and perfumes can irritate or make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Sunscreen can help protect the skin and prevent the reaction. Consult with your doctor.

A one-time dose of sunlight can cause permanent damage to the skin. On average, children get three times more sun exposure than adults.

As the SPF (sun protection factor) that shows the amount of time you can stay in the sun before burning if you do not use sunscreen at all. SPF 45 product blocks 30 and more than 96% of the UV rays of the sunset.

Apply sunscreen, even under a beach umbrella. These rays can be seen in the sand and scope. It applies to concrete, snow and other reflective surfaces, too.

Remember to read and follow the instructions on sunscreen labels.

A skin biopsy

All wounds should be biopsied cancer, which should remove all or part of the wound to be examined. It is advisable to do a biopsy if the diagnosis is not clear.

Indication

For diagnosis using a biopsy punch:

Punch biopsy was performed using a small circular blade to cut the tissue cylinder. But the size is usually 3mm to 1cm in diameter, and cylinder provide the representative specimen of the lesion. Typical indications for biopsy punch rash or blisters, or pigmented skin lesions persist for more than two weeks or who have not responded to other treatments. It may malignancies such as skin cancer, skin involvement with cancer or blood, or, more commonly, skin infections, or auto-immune diseases, such as psoriasis.

For diagnosis and treatment with excisional biopsy:

A biopsy is the removal of skin lesions either formal representation of all or part thereof. Along with the typical indication of pigmented lesions such as moles, boils constantly, skin tags and warts.

Contraindications and other considerations

All biopsy scar. Wounds involving the eyelids and nose, as well as the palms and soles of the feet, should be biopsied dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Patients on warfarin, or known bleeding disorders, clotting you check their profile before excision biopsy.

Patients with aspirin should be given the attention to hemorrhage, and pressure bandages.

Scheme

Skin antiseptic like isopropyl, povidone iodine or chlorhexidine-alcohol is used to prepare the site.

In general, local anesthetics such as lignocaine used. Lignocaine is a vasodilator, and to counteract the effects, including the preparation of adrenaline may be used.

Giving a local anesthetic injected in and around the wound, and the depth of the wound.

To punch biopsy, skin slightly stretched vertically in normal skin tension lines. This will lead to an oval rather than circular wounds, which helps in wound closure. Punch is placed perpendicular to the skin, and constant pressure is applied in a circular motion. Having reached a depth of about 5mm, the blow will be removed and the specimen was taken.

For excisional biopsy, the incision will be placed along the natural folds or, in extremity, along the longitudinal axia strict requirements. This ensures that specific therapies in cancer cases diagnosed, uninterrupted.

To close the wound, stitches dissolve should be used so that the patient does not need to return to the stitches are removed.

Wounds are usually covered with a dressing or occlusion semiocclusive, maybe a bath with dressing patients, but should not swim or shower for at least 24 hours.

Usually perform date of the follow-up of patients to discuss the results.

Pigmented lesions

Pigmented lesions, we should consider the possibility of malignant melanoma.

Small lesion removed by biopsy punch, considering the lesions completely removed. Need a larger wound excision biopsy. Wounds should be taken at the level of subcutaneous fat to allow for a proper assessment of how advanced wound.

When melanoma is diagnosed, the tumor-free margin is determined by the depth of intrusion of inflammation, which may indicate a re-excision scars have a wider margin, as well as the depth of the muscle fascia.

Complication

Bleeding, infection and allergic reactions all the possibilities.

Bleeding can usually be operated by applying pressure, adding stitches or by opening the bleeder that identify lesions, and tie it off.

Infection is usually the result of staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the infection is localized to the wound, treated with local wound cleaning and – if you do not get a response within 12 hours – had to open the wound and left to heal itself with the day-to-day dressing. Antibiotics are needed only if there is a fever or other signs of systemic infection.

Allergic reactions are usually due to dressing.