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Mole check by telemedicine

You would like to have a quick opinion on one or several moles. What do you have to do?

Visit a medical center or partner practice equiped with DermoSafe's solution and services.

How does DermoSafe work?

DermoSafe's telemedecine exam is simple and non invasive. Dermoscopic pictures of one or several moles are taken at the medical center or partner practice with the DermoClic device. These pictures are visualised by specialist in dermoscopy (a technical method in dermatology used to visualise skin lesions with great precision) in less than 72 hours.

Who establishes the diagnosis?

It is not a diagnostic tool, but a method which aims at identifying your suspicious moles which might result in being problematic, at the earliest stage possible. Proven digital dermoscopy specialists assess the mole/s through the captured pictures. If melanoma or other skin cancer is suspected, the patient will then be refered to a partner dermatologist who will be in charge of providing the final diagnosis through a laboratory exam.

What are the advantages of DermoSafe's service?

DermoSafe enables you to get a quick and efficient medical opinion about the actual state of one or several moles on your body. Should a melanoma be detected at an early stage (by a dermatologist), healing chances are then more than 95%.

What are the limits of DermoSafe's service?

DermoSafe's service does not allow itself to give a final diagnosis on suspect lesions because the confirmed diagnosis can only be done by biopsy or excision (surgical act) by a specialist.

Dermoscopy in a few words

Dermoscopy is a new method broadly used by dermatologists since years 2000 which allows to look deeper into the skin. The dermoscopy specialist uses a dermoscope, a device equiped with a magnifying lens and lighting system enabling to see more precisely moles and pigmented lesions.

The DermoSafe mole check is done by digital dermoscopy and via the DermoView web platform enabling specialists to evaluate moles remotely.

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Dermoscopy enables much better performance
distinguishing malignant and benign lesions

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Skin cancer & melanoma: what is it?

Some facts about melanoma in Switzerland:

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new cases every year

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+100% in 20 years

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1/3 of the people with melanoma
are under 50 years old

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deaths per year

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most frequent cancer

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Switzerland has the highest skin cancer incidence in Europe,
2nd ranking world wide

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Survival rate at 5 years
when detected late

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Chance of recovery with early detection

There are different types of skin cancer:

  • Carcinoma: represents 90% of skin cancer. It is the less severe and it mostly affects people older than 60 years old.
  • Melanoma: it is the most dangerous type and the number of cases keeps increasing. Early detection enables recovery in more than 95% of the cases. In reverse, when detected late it can be fatal.

The best advice: prevention!

Risk factors:

  • Exposure to UV radiation (sun light or UV tanning beds), especially when younger than 20 years old
  • Severe sunburn during childhood or adolescence
  • Pale white skin
  • High number of moles (>50) or freckles
  • Family or personal history of skin cancer
  • Genetic predispositions

Whichever my type of skin …

  • I try to avoid long sun exposure especially between 11am and 4 pm
  • I protect myself with appropriate clothes and hat, or stay in the shade
  • I apply high protection sun cream and renew it frequently
  • I regularly have my skin checked

The ABCDE rule

My moles are at risk when :

A for Asymmetry:

One half is unlike the other half.

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B for Borders:

An irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border

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C for Colour:

If the mole's colour is different from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown, or black; is sometimes white, red, or blue.

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D for Diameter:

Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.

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E for Evolving :

A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or colour.

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