Skin Cancer Screening at PAU Hospitals


Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer and can look like a normal mole to the naked eye. Malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are usually caused by the sun's harmful UV rays, which penetrate and damage the skin.

Malignant melanoma, which has the most lethal course among skin cancers, has been diagnosed in more than 1 million people in the world in the last 5 years, according to the World Health Organization data for 2020, and more than 400,000 people in Turkey are diagnosed with new malignant melanoma annually.

With today's technology, malignant melanoma can be detected at a much earlier stage and fatal consequences can be prevented. With dermoscopy devices, it is possible to distinguish whether moles are benign or malignant to a great extent and all moles in the body can be recorded and long-term follow-up can be ensured.

When dermoscopy devices are used not only in the examination of malignant melanoma and moles, but also in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of other skin cancers and general skin diseases, they greatly increase diagnostic accuracy, and early diagnosis creates a chance for treatment before it is too late.

"Late diagnosis can lead to missed opportunities for recovery"

Skin cancer is one of the most likely to be detected, has the highest cure rate and is one of the most treatable types of cancer because it is in the visible area. However; the lack of awareness in the society causes the opportunity for early diagnosis to be missed. In the light of all this information, "Euromelanoma" was established to emphasize the importance of skin cancer protection and early diagnosis, to encourage early treatment and to share information about them. Founded in 1999 by six Belgian dermatologists (T. Maselis, M. van Daele, C. Pirard, V. del Marmol, B. Richert, and K. de Boulle), Euromelanoma continues to spread across the continent and is now practiced in many countries, including Turkey.

Our clinic participates and supports the Euromelanoma campaign this year, as in previous years, in order to benefit from the latest possibilities of technology with the dermoscopy device that provides detailed information about dermatological diseases and can perform mole mapping. 

Pamukkale University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology stated that they are proud and happy to take part in such a project.

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