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How to Diagnose Malignant Melanoma

Oliviero, Margaret C. ARNP, MSN


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.


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.

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