MoleMax Case Studies

Case Study 1: Single lesion on patient’s shoulder

A 65-year-old male surfer visited Dr Michael Brown, a skin care doctor based in California, for examination of a small (approximately 0.5 cm), black and raised skin lesion on his right shoulder.

"Just about six months ago, I noticed this spot on my upper back. At first, I thought it was a harmless one. However, after reading an article about skin cancers being the most common form of cancer in the US, I decided to visit a skin cancer clinic to make sure there was nothing to worry about". Dr Brown is an experienced skin physician with extensive knowledge in Dermoscopy. He believes that the best practice means the best care for his patients. His clinic incorporates MoleMax digital skin imaging system into their daily skin checks. MoleMax HD enables a doctor to capture a macro, close-up and ELM (Dermoscopy) image of a lesion. Subsequently, the images are recorded and stored in the system’s database.

"This device is an absolute time saver" The skin are doctor is particularly fond of the Trending software feature that MoleMax HD system provides. This component allows for a complete patient history to be kept in a chronological order, with every image taken and every comment added to the patients’ file. As a result of the examination, Dr Brown determined that the mole appearing on the surfer’s shoulder is a seborrheic keratosis.  Even though this type of lesion is one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adult, in some cases a seborrheic keratosis can be difficult to distinguish from melanoma.

Dr Brown advised the patient to self-monitor any changes to his skin and advised to schedule a follow-up appointment in 6 months’ time.
During the next visit, Dr Brown will take a new image of the mole. The Overlay Follow Up feature in MoleMax system will assist the doctor to determine any further changes to the lesion. A quick comparison in large scale is one of the most important features doctors seek in skin imaging software.

Skin Cancer Facts:

The fact is that current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

The research indicates that men older than 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.

There are many types of skin cancers that are generally categorized as melanoma or non-melanoma carcinomas.

Melanoma accounts for a relatively small percentage of all skin cancers. However, it is the most deadly form of a skin cancer.

A major risk factor for melanoma is repeated exposure to high-intensity sunlight that results in sunburn.

Actinic keratoses, basal cell carcinomas, and squamous cell carcinomas belong to the non-melanoma skin cancer category and are usually not fatal.

However, in rare cases, non-melanoma skin cancers metastasize therefore early identification and treatment of skin cancers are essential for preventing fatal outcomes.

Resources:

https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions/skin-cancer

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2019. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2019.