Faster Diagnosis For Skin Cancer
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Faster Diagnosis For Skin Cancer


OF THE STORY. THE TRACK OWNER SAY THE DRIVER OF CAR 33 WILL BE DISCIPLINED BUT THE OTHER DRIVER WILL NO LONGER BE WELCOME TO RACE THERE. THERE IS A TOOL TO HELP IDENTIFY SKIN CANCER WITHIN SECONDS. NO BIOPSY IS NEEDED AND IT COULD MEAN A FASTER DIAGNOSIS. CANDACE HARRINGTON LOVED HER TAN. FAMILY VACATIONS TO THE BEACH. WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT THE POOL. IN HIGH SCHOOL, I STARTED USING TANNING BEDS BEFORE DANCES AND PROM. Reporter: WHAT IT TOOK WAS HER SKIN. ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO SHE DEVELOPED A SPOT ON HER NOSE LIKE A PIMPLE THAT WOULD NOT HEAL. IT WAS BASAL CELL CANCER. SHE HAD SURGERY. THAT WAS THE TIPPING POINT FOR ME. Reporter: CANDACE NOW GOES FOR REGULAR SKIN CHECKS. TRADITIONALLY DERMATOLOGISTS WILL LOOK YOU OVER HEAD TO TOE. COLLECTIONS OF PIGMENT CELLS THAT YOU ACQUIRE OVER YOUR LIFETIME WOULD BE OBSERVED. THE DOCTOR WOULD LOP OFF ANYTHING SHE CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS FOR CANCER. NOW THE TOOLS USED HAVE BECOME MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED. THIS IS A HANDHELD DEVICE, WHICH IS THIS. IT BASICALLY HAS MAGNIFYING LENSES AND LCD LIGHTS WITH IN IT. WE CAN IMAGE THE PATTERN OF THAT MALL AND HOW IT’S GROWING AND HOW THE CELLS WITHIN IT ORGANIZED. Reporter: DOCTOR MARTIN HE LOOKS FOR SYMMETRY, COLOR INSULT HAPPENS. UNDER THE SCOPE, ENUMERABLE WILL HAVE 2 OR 3 COLORS AND ONE PATTERN OF CELLS EITHER LIKE A BRANCHING TREE OR A CLUSTER OF GRAPES. MORE THAN THREE COLORS AND THE COMBINATION OF PATTERNS IS CONCERNING. THE IDEA IS TO REMOVE ABNORMAL MOLES EARLY BEFORE THEY CAUSE DAMAGE. THIS HAS IMPROVED OUR ACCURACY OF IDENTIFYING MELANOMA ANY MAJOR WAY. Reporter: THIS TOOL ALLOWS DOCTORS TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BENIGN AND MALIGNANT CELLS WITHOUT TAKING TISSUE. FOR THE PATIENT THERE IS LESS BIOPSIES THAN WE DID PREVIOUSLY. NOW, I GO IN, PLACE THE SCOPE ON THEIR AND WITHIN 10 SECONDS I SAY, BENIGN, NO NEED TO REMOVE. Reporter: THIS IS ALSO USED TO DETECT OTHER TYPES OF SKIN CANCER WHICH HAVE THEIR OWN DISTINCT PATTERNS. THERE’S NO ADDED COST FOR THIS EXAM BUT IT DOES TAKE MORE TIME. CANDACE IS GLAD TO TAKE THE EXTRA TIME AND PRECAUTIONS. TWO I DON’T SPEND AS MUCH TIME IN THE SUN. I DON’T SPEND SUMMERS BY THE POOL VERY MUCH. I APPLY SUNSCREEN AS MUCH AS I CAN. THE TOOL IS ALSO USED TO

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