Practice A Patient’s Journey

Superficial spreading melanoma

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2319

Re: Superficial spreading melanoma

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 - which also includes a photo library of suspicious and irregular features to be aware of

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 April 2012
John Ashworth
Consultant NHS Dermatologist
Bridgewater Warrington Community NHS Trust
3 robins lane