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Malignant Melanoma Detection in Ireland

Author(s): Dupont C

Journal: Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research
ISSN 2155-9554

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Malignant Melanoma in Ireland is most frequently discovered in a dermatology clinic. The purpose of the investigation was to show how many cases of melanoma would be discovered by different methods. A random sample of 200 referred case notes found 21 were for moles assessment, dermoscopy was not used and 16 of them were histologically examined of which 1 was found to be a malignant melanoma. It was not enumerated among the benign lesions! This may be accomplished by public education [1,2] especially for vulnerable groups such as elderly males and those of lower socio economic status. Clinical examination of patients may be obtained by population surveys [3,4] with a yield of about 1%. Special pigmented clinics have a yield of about 7% [5]. References by general practitioners to dermatology clinics are still the commonest way of ascertainment. 200 dermatology case notes from a general single-handed dermatology clinic were examined to determine what proportions of referrals were made for mole assessment and the results of same.
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