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Journal of Skin Cancer
Volume 2012, Article ID 820474, 5 pages
Review Article

New Trends in Dermoscopy to Minimize the Risk of Missing Melanoma

1State Clinic of Dermatology, Hospital of Skin and Venereal Diseases, 124 Delfon Street, 54643 Thessaloniki, Greece
2Private Practice, 8 Kosma Aitolou Street, 54643 Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 9 August 2012; Accepted 18 September 2012

Academic Editor: Iris Zalaudek

Copyright © 2012 Aimilios Lallas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


During the last decades, induction of dermoscopy in the clinical setting resulted in significant modifications in the management of melanocytic lesions. Indeed, the dermatoscope reveals a fascinating world of morphologic structures invisible to the naked eye, adding valuable information to a clinician evaluating a mole. However, since the technique counts only a couple of decades, new research data are continuously gathering and modify the “optimal” management of melanocytic lesions. In the present paper, we summarize the latest trends in dermoscopy concerning early melanoma diagnosis, management of nodular lesions, diagnosis of mucosal melanoma, and digital followup.