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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 29-37

Clinico-dermoscopic diagnosis of skin cancers in skin of color: An update

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

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Yasmeen Jabeen Bhat
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Government Medical College, Srinagar 190010, Jammu & Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdpdd.ijdpdd_8_21

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The diagnosis of skin cancers in the past was based on a visual inspection of the lesion, with the confirmation of doubtful lesions by a histopathological examination of the skin biopsy. Clinical examination alone, as the basis for undergoing skin biopsy of the lesion, may result in misdiagnosis in some cases, resulting in the mismanagement of lesions with malignant potential or unnecessary evaluation when a doubtful lesion is suspected. The development of dermoscopy as a noninvasive in vivo tool in the diagnosis of skin lesions has the potential to improve diagnosis as well as aid in early and more accurate identification of skin cancers as compared with the unaided eye. Dermoscopy has also gained increased interest in the management of skin cancers by regular dermoscopic examination on follow-ups to decide further course of management. When detected early, skin cancers can be cured by simple procedures or techniques; however, as the disease advances, it becomes more difficult to treat. This article reviews the role of dermoscopy in the diagnosis of commonly encountered primary skin cancers in skin of color.

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