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SKIN CANCER

Skin checkups are an important basis for the early detection of skin cancer and should be performed once a year by the dermatologist. In adulthood, skin aging (such as pigmentation, redness, keratosis, and aging warts) due to UV-related skin damage is more common, therefore, regular checkups with a digital reflected light microscope are inevitable.

As a rule of thumb:  The earlier skin cancer is detected, the higher the chances of complete recovery.

Digital reflected light microscope examination with a body scanner:

This is a painless examination of the lesions using a digital reflected light microscope with a magnification of up to 70 times. As a result, even small changes can be assessed thoroughly. With a laser scanner, the entirety of the body is examined and changes can be detected by comparing the images at the next examination. This way, even new moles or alterations in existing moles are easily discovered.

Common forms of skin cancer:

The “white skin cancer” usually develops in the advanced age by a gradual change of the upper skin layers. Precursors (actinic keratoses) are manifested as small reddening of the skin with dandruff, which does not heal completely, even over weeks and months. Other forms begin as small pearly, skin-colored nodules (basal cell carcinoma) or as strongly keratinized and disrupting tumors (squamous cell carcinoma). The “white skin cancer” is treated depending on form, progress, size and location with different therapies. These include minimally invasive treatments with topical preparations (creams, gels) as well as photodynamic therapy or surgical removal.

The “black skin cancer”, also called melanoma, can occur at any age and is one of the most vicious of skin tumors. Depending on the diagnosis, supportive therapies are also used after surgical removal.