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Welcome back more than 76000.
Americans develop melanoma every year an -- 101000.
Died from -- melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
But now there's new hope a hand held device that could potentially spot suspicious -- -- some money so tell us about.
Another big advancement in in 2012 so what happens when you find a lesion on the -- You put your dermatologist.
They are basically looking for these malls or possible Mullah -- What they're looking at these are typical AB CD that we've discussed in the past you look at it -- to see if it's a symmetric if you put a line.
In between is -- right side in the left side of this anymore not if it's not it's a problem.
Then look at the border is it that you regular border that's another sign of melanoma see useful caller you have multiple different colors black to have blue brown.
That mix is bad news and finally -- -- diameter if it's more this six millimeter that's also -- -- that it could be melanoma so.
Your dermatologist is looking at this and thinking about -- ABC BS is you know what we've got to do a biopsy.
And then the pathologist who did this specimen and that's how they know now think of -- scanner.
Now your dermatologist would not only look at that but also would have a scanner that would send the laser way ignorant.
To the -- And then instead it will send some signals back to this scanner that data goes into our our -- off 101000.
And melanoma specimen.
I would say whether there is -- melanoma or not -- through this scanner we can actually diagnosed not just did them at all -- subjective opinion.
And all the biopsies but this scanner can actually be a tool in diagnosing -- -- -- -- this is a huge advancement.
It's it did have done this and about thirteen hundred patients -- 98%.
I think you have to be careful how to interpret -- did -- do findings but -- -- good.
And it big yet do you avoid the biopsy part of it well the goal here is to avoid unnecessary but -- of course the worn down so the scanner is it was very accurate in a study 125 out of 127.
-- -- were found.
But in -- -- so.
Just like dermatologists will say you know a little suspicious of that maybe we should biopsy that the scanner had the same problem that dermatologists do.
And here's another thing David talked about atypical melanoma is how -- -- typical how they -- to look at the border you look at the color.
The one additional thing you look at is is it enlarging.
When a patient comes to see me on the first stop on -- primary care doctor I look at things that change I look at it from one time to a next time.
Is it changing.
And then -- -- -- -- with your -- you've got to see your dermatologist the tool like this which is an extremely exciting.
Finding for 2012 and 2013.
May be a tool that I can use.
I'm not gonna it's not gonna get rid of the dermatologist maybe I can say I'm gonna put this hand -- -- here and within 98% accuracy of further studies show that that's true.
I'm going to be able to predict that this might be of melanoma.
And melanoma you're 76000 people that get outta here here's an even more important statistic if you find it early you cure.
The 9000 people who die 85% of them.
Had late stage melanoma we have to find -- -- -- -- I didn't that is go get checked tried to once a year at least while coming.
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