Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ugly Ducking

The "Ugly Duckling" Sign: An Early Melanoma Recognition Tool For Clinicians and the Public

The incidence of invasive melanoma (MM) has been rising for several decades;[1] currently it is the sixth most common cancer in both males and females.[2] The key to preventing deaths due to MM remains detecting the disease early, at a stage when surgical excision of the tumor is still curative. One clinical clue to diagnosis is the "ugly duckling" sign-a useful indicator for MM screening with implications for health care workers and the lay public alike. Given certain limitations of the established ABCDE acronym for early melanoma recognition, we suggest a new, broader way of thinking about the ugly duckling concept and its place in MM detection.

(credits to Medscape)

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