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How to Diagnose Malignant Melanoma

Oliviero, Margaret C. ARNP, MSN

Features

The incidence of malignant melanoma has increased dramatically in recent decades. Although curable if caught early, malignant melanoma often presents a diagnostic challenge. This article discusses modalities for identifying malignant melanoma, including four techniques used in skin examinations: (1) ABCD method, (2) total-body photography, (3) skin surface microscopy, and (4) machine vision.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Margaret C. Oliviero is a practitioner at Skin and Cancer Associates, Plantation, Fla., a research coordinator for malignant melanoma studies, and a Mohs' surgical nurse.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.