Dermatologists from First Derm and non-profit cancer organization Himlen är Överskattad (Heaven is Overrated) invited passers-by to check their moles for free. At least one case of malignant melanoma was discovered within a few hours. “This shows the importance of availability within skin care. People who worry about their moles only take the time to look them up when it’s easy,” says Alexander Börve, founder of First Derm and also a doctor himself.
The incidence rate of melanoma in the United States has doubled since 1973. In 2017, it is estimated that there will be 87,110 new cases of melanoma and 9,730 deaths from the disease. 90% of skin cancer cases can be cured only when they are detected and treated in time. Therefore, the discovery phase of skin cancer is crucial to increasing the survival rate of the disease.
At #SpotCancer on May 2, held jointly by First Derm and Himlen är Överskattad, 30 people in total send in a case of their moles on site using First Derm’s dermatologists. Among these cases, a malignant melanoma was discovered. And five other people was recommended in-person dermatologist visit due to the nature of their cases, including basal cell carcinoma, the mildest form of skin cancer. Cases can be forwarded directly to the local skin clinic through a self referral via the First Derm app.
Demographics and results from #SpotCancer on May 2:
- 30 people in total (16 women, 14 men) – 2 of whom looked up 2 lesions
- The median age was 48 (ranging from 10 to 78 years old)
- A total of 5 malignant moles (3 basal cancer, 1 actinic keratosis, 1 malignant melanoma) were found
- The person with suspected malignant melanoma was a 56-year-old man
- The other 27 birthmarks were benign (8 senile warts, 1 angioma, 1 dermatofibroma and 17 nevi). One of these birthmarks was recommended an in-person dermatologist visit
- In total, 6 people are recommended to seek dermatologists, 1 person is recommended a visit to the health center, and others to keep monitoring the skin lesions.
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