Re: Superficial spreading melanoma

25 April 2012

Malignant melanoma is silent and notoriously difficult to spot in the early (thin Breslow) and curable stages - simple observation (eyeballing yourself) is not enough because imperceptible change fools the mind into thinking there is no alteration - reasonable quality photos, even with a mobile phone is the right way to self observe - I describe this technique fully on a free to access dermatology website www.dermatologist.co.uk - which also includes a photo library of suspicious and irregular features to be aware of

Competing interests: None declared

John Ashworth, Consultant NHS Dermatologist

Bridgewater Warrington Community NHS Trust, 3 robins lane

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