We are very grateful to local GP Dr Mig Arbide for his generous recent fundraising, supported by so many patients and colleagues in the local community. We are delighted to be able to use this funding to conduct a new research study aiming to help GPs spot possible melanoma (the serious skin cancer) at an early stage. The study is surveying GPs and practice nurses across the UK about their use of dermoscopy. A dermatoscope is an instrument that allows magnification and improved lighting of the skin and skin lesions to enable more accurate diagnosis.
While there is not yet sufficient evidence for safe use of dermoscopy by GPs, many expert dermatologists feel that, with training, this will be a useful diagnostic aid for GPs and practice nurses. We have already completed a number of research studies looking at how to help diagnose melanoma earlier (the MoleMate and MelaTools studies); this new study will add to our knowledge in this area, and help to improve the early diagnosis of melanoma.