Have the moles examined - save your life!
From May 23 to June 23, 2016 all the patients having an appointment with the dermatologist are to undergo dermoscopy - an examination of moles.
This year is an anniversary of Melanoma Awareness Day: the 30th in Europe and the 10th in Russia. Within the framework of this event the European Medical Center announces the month of melanoma prevention and offers an examination by a dermatologist.
During a visit to the dermatologist all patients undergo free* dermoscopy, (i.e. an inspection of moles by means of a specialized optical device) to detect malignant or suspicious skin lesions.
The European Medical Center offers a "MELANOMA ABCDE" program of skin neoplasms survey which corresponds to the European Protocol "EUROMELANOMA" developed by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV).
A diagnostic decision containing all the data related to the skin neoplasms is prepared based on the survey findings. If "dangerous" moles are identified by the survey, the patient is offered further treatment* in the EMC in accordance with modern European protocols.
Melanoma is one of the most aggressive skin tumors, characterized by rapid growth and metastases to distant organs and tissues.
Melanoma may appear on the skin of any healthy person. It is important not to miss early signs of the disease, so dermatologists recommend to undergo dermoscopy annually, particularly in the run-up to the summer season. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent the development of the disease.
According to statistics, in most cases, melanoma is diagnosed in patients aged 40-45 years, but lately the disease has occurred in younger people (aged 20 to 30). Melanoma occurs in women 2 times more often than in men. People with fair skin and light hair, blue or grey eyes are more prone to this type of skin cancer. The risk groups also include people who would stay in the sun for long periods of time, failing to use sun protection preparations for skin, elderly people, as well as patients receiving hormonal and immune therapy.
Groups at risk of the disease:
- Fair skin and light-colored eyes.
- A family history of skin cancers.
- Having a lot of moles on the body and new moles appearing.
The Factors that increase the risk of melanoma:
- Skin that reddens severely and burns quickly during exposure to the sun.
- You often sunbathe, especially, in a tanning booth.
- Burns after exposure to the sun or using a tanning bed.
- Frequent injuries of moles.
- Injuries of birthmarks.
The combination of these factors increases the risk of developing melanoma significantly!
Signs of an early stage of melanoma:
- An itchy, swollen moles, a feeling of discomfort in the area of the mole.
- An asymmetrical skin lesion.
- The formation of rough zones or hollows on the birthmark.
- Smoothing the skin pattern and the formation of a shiny, smooth surface of the lesion.
- A change in the color (or its intensity) of the mole. The emergence of new colors (especially red, blue and white). The disappearance of the mole.
- The emergence of a swollen pink or colorless corona around the birthmarks
* Dermoscopy of skin neoplasms is free of charge provided if it is part of a paid consultation with the dermatologist. Further survey, treatment and follow-up, if appropriate, is subject to the EMC's standard price list.
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