New way of detecting the most dangerous skin cancer
6:32 PM, Mar 22, 2013
Skin cancer accounts for approximately 80% of all new cancers in America.
This type of cancer is preventable and curable, if you catch it early.
Now doctors have a new way of finding the most dangerous skin cancer of all.
It's a device called Melafind.
"Melafind is a device that was actually developed by the technology that they use to detect missiles", said dermatologist Dr. Susan Weinkle.
"The Melafind device can non-invasively, painlessly, exam a pigmented lesion on the skin."
Dr. Weinkle said it works like this, "The device has a hand piece that is put on the skin and then it gathers data about the color, the pigment, the depth, takes that info and compares it to a data base of 10,000 moles that have been examined and gives us feedback on how high a suspicion we should have of that lesion being a melanoma."
It's FDA approved. The cost varies from $150 to $250.
The doctor said insurance doesn't cover it yet because it's so new. "There's actually only 200 in the whole country right now, but as it becomes a more accepted took, I would hope insurance would cover it.