Tools for Diagnosing Skin Cancer Earlier: Report From the AAD Meeting

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At the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Orit Markowitz discussed noninvasive imaging tools that can help dermatologists diagnose skin cancers earlier. She provides highlights from this session, including the use of dermoscopy and optical coherence technology to detect features of early melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers as well as monitor skin cancer management. A lesion that is pink clinically but shows pigment dermoscopically should be biopsied, Dr. Markowtiz advises, as it may be an early amelanotic melanoma. She also notes that noninvasive imaging tools can be used to detect residual tumor cells in treated skin that otherwise looks clinically normal.

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