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AAD: Advances Improve Detection of Early Melanoma

University of Miami expert discusses new diagnostic tools, change in ABCD educational tool

FRIDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- Technological innovations are helping dermatologists diagnose and treat more early-stage melanomas than ever before, according to a presentation this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, held from March 5 to 9 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Harold S. Rabinovitz, M.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine discussed diagnostic tools such as dermoscopy, full-body photography, mole mapping, and reflectance confocal microscopy, and evolving technologies such as the computerized image analysis system, which uses a computerized analysis algorithm for the automatic diagnosis of melanoma.

Rabinovitz noted the Academy's recently approved change in the familiar ABCD (Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter) educational tool for recognizing early melanomas. He explained how the new tool now includes the letter E, which stands for Evolving (changes in size, shape or color).

"The technological advances in melanoma detection in the future will significantly improve our ability to detect early melanomas and help save countless lives," Rabinovitz said in a statement. "However, keeping a vigilant eye on our skin for any changes that could signal a problem is an irreplaceable first step in the process."

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