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Answers on skin cancer diagnostics

Your questions concerning FotoFinder


Why should I get checked?

Over 200,000 new patients are diagnosed with skin cancer in Germany every year. It is the most common form of cancer. The good news: skin cancer is both easy to identify and – in the early stages – easy to treat. Early detection minimizes the severity of the disease. For this reason, early detection and treatment are important in preventing noticeable problems or even disfigurement. For this reason, you should let a doctor check you regularly!

What causes skin cancer?

The UV radiation emitted by the sun and in solariums plays a decisive role in the development of skin cancer. The trigger for the development of skin cancer as a result of UV exposure is damage to our genetic material, our DNA. If the damage to the DNA in the cells cannot be completely repaired, these cells can mutate into the original cells for a tumour.

What types of skin cancers are there?

We generally differentiate between two type of skin cancer:

  1. Malignant melanoma: Melanomas can develop on existing liver spots (nevi) or in previously healthy skin. Malignant melanomas often metastasize (spread) and as such it is the most dangerous type of skin tumour.
  2. Basal-cell carcinoma: Basal-cell carcinoma is the most common form of malignant skin tumour. Almost all basal-cell carcinomas are caused by intensive exposure to the sun over many years. Consequently, they often develop in people who work outside or are intensively exposed to UV radiation in their leisure time. People with pale skin, blond or red hair and blue, green or grey eyes also have a higher risk of being affected.

What changes require a medical opinion?

  • Discolourations (e.g., lighter, darker and new shades)
  • Changes in the size or thickness
  • Changes in the area around moles (e.g., redness, white discolouration, swelling)
  • New moles
  • Bleeding moles

Does the FotoFinder examination hurt?

No, digital photo and video documentation consists solely in photographing the whole of the body (Total Body Mapping) and individual, conspicuous moles (video documentation with a dermatoscope). In addition, the software also offers the doctor a range of expert systems, which assess the captured images and help him with the analysis. The brilliant optics and magnification on the screen mean that the doctor never overlooks any changes.

What can I expect from my visit to the dermatologist?

The doctor will firstly collect information on your general state of health and any possible pre-existing medical conditions. Total Body Mapping involves full body documentation as skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body and not just in parts of the body which are particularly exposed to sunlight. For this reason, the entire skin is checked from your scalp to the soles of your feet. This requires you to be completely undressed, as this is the only way for the doctor to identify any conspicuous sites. If he notices any conspicuous moles, he examines them and documents them using the video dermatoscope, a specialized high-resolution camera. Then he will explain your personal risk factors to you and offer you general tips on how to keep your skin healthy. The photo and video documentation with FotoFinder is a completely non-invasive method of early skin cancer detection, which is completely painless.


Your examination

Many dermatologists already work with FotoFinder, the most modern system for holistic skin cancer screening and aesthetics. Inform yourself now about the costs and benefits of screening measures.

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