Who can undergo this type of examination?
This examination is open to all individuals who want to periodically check their moles and effectively prevent any skin disorders. Melanoma, also known as malignant melanoma, is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. Melanomas typically occur in the skin but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines, or eye. In women they most commonly occur on the legs, while in men they are most common on the back. Sometimes they develop from a mole with concerning changes including an increase in size, irregular edges, change in color, itchiness, or skin breakdown.
Moles are small benign skin tumors arising from melanocytes, the cell that is responsible for skin pigmentation. Moles are not dangerous, however it is good to keep them under control: it is not uncommon to confuse this fact with malignant skin tumors, such as melanoma.
The primary cause of melanoma is ultraviolet light (UV) exposure in those with low levels of skin pigment. UV light exposure may be from either the sun or from tanning devices. About 25% develop from moles. Those with many moles, a history of affected family members, and who have poor immune function are at greater risk. A number of rare genetic defects such as xeroderma pigmentosum also increase risk. Diagnosis is by biopsy of any concerning skin lesion
Early signs of melanoma are changes to the shape or color of existing moles or, in the case of nodular melanoma, the appearance of a new lump anywhere on the skin. At later stages, the mole may itch, ulcerate or bleed. There are certain characterizations that can identify the early signs of melanoma. They are asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, evolution of it over time. However these do not apply to the more dangerous form of melanoma, known as nodular melanoma. Their characteristics are that they are elevated above the skin surface, they are firm to the touch, and continually grow.
Why undergo this type of examination?
Over the past 30 years the incidence of melanoma has increased considerably, but today the survival rate increase if the identification is timely, the rate of survival is close to 100%. Regular analysis, especially after age 40 is therefore essential. This path is indicated to prevent the onset of melanoma, through a specialist dermatologist and computerized mapping of the skin.
- Highly-qualified doctor on immediate disposal.
- Instant results at the end of all examinations.
- Possibility for follow-up appointments with Humanitas dedicated staff members.
When to undergo this type of examination?
The course is available every day, from Monday to Friday, and on Saturday morning. It has a duration that lasts 2 or 3 hours.
What does this type of examination entail?
The examination includes:
- Specialist dermatological staff: Staff who will guide you through the examination, and are specialist in the dermatological field.
- Mapping: Mapping of the mole that is to be examined or the area of the skin in question.