The management of suspicious pigmented lesions
The clinical diagnosis of malignant melanoma can be exceptionally difficult even for experienced practitioners. The prospect of an excision biopsy in some areas, for example, the face can lead to reticence and an incisional biopsy has many pitfalls.
Patients “know their own skin” and are often aware of subtle change not apparent to the examining practitioner. Attentive history taking is essential.
The ABCD /E rule is a screening tool only and not fail safe.
The talk will discuss the approach to a suspicious pigmented lesion and the potential role of Raman spectroscopy to aid the diagnosis of malignant melanoma.