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Are You Helping Your Clients Avoid Skin Cancer?

Posted: November 29, 2010

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Also known as epiluminescence microscopy [ELM], or surface microscopy, this is a relatively new (and not-too-common) method of screening that's extremely effective at identifying cancers, helping the doctor distinguish malignant lesions from benign ones, says Farkas, who uses a dermatoscope in her practice at Advanced Dermatology. "The dermatoscope uses polarized light and a magnifying lens to let us 'see' the skin more clearly," she explains. "It significantly increases the accuracy of the exam, meaning we can detect problems much more reliably than with the naked eye."