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Janda M, Loescher LJ, Banan P, Horsham C, Soyer HP. Lesion Selection by Melanoma High-Risk Consumers During Skin Self-examination Using Mobile Teledermoscopy. JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):656–658. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7743
Mobile teledermatoscopy (MTD) for the early detection of skin cancer uses smartphones with dermatoscope attachments to magnify, capture, and transfer images remotely.1 Using the asymmetry–color variation (AC) rule, consumers achieve dermoscopy sensitivity of 92.9% to 94.0% and specificity of 62.0% to 64.2% for melanoma.2
This pilot randomized trial assessed lesions of concern selected by consumers at high risk of melanoma using MTD plus the AC rule (intervention, n = 10) or the AC rule alone (control, n = 12) during skin self-examination (SSE). Also measured were lesion location patterns, lesions overlooked by participants, provisional clinical diagnoses, likelihood of malignant tumor, and participant pressure to excise lesions.
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