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PAINE #PANCE Pearl – Dermatology



What are the 5 things to assess in a suspicious lesion/mole to evaluate for melanoma?




The ABCDEs of melanoma will help you identify suspicious lesions that will need dermatologic follow-up



Border Irregularity





The is also another set of criteria that was developed in the UK by the United Kingdom National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network called the Glasgow Seven-point Checklist.  These guidelines incorporate 3 major and 4 minor criteria and any major or 3 minor criteria is an indication for referral.



Once a patient has been referred to a dermatologist, they use a similar seven point system on dermoscopy to diagnose melanoma.

Major (2 points each)

Minor (1 point each)


A melonoma score of ≥ 3 is required for diagnosis



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  2. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Cutaneous Melanoma. A national clinical guideline. January 2017.
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