Editorial: How counting moles can help to predict melanoma risk

Welcome to the March 2016 issue of MIMS Dermatology

We’re delighted to have an article by the lead author of a study that made the national news. Here, Dr Simone Ribero and Dr Veronique Bataille explain how counting moles on the arm is a reliable indicator of melanoma risk and how this simple method can help to reduce unnecessary referrals. 

HIV confers a higher prevalence of skin disorders than in the general population, and in this issue, Dr Sara Ritchie discusses some of these conditions.

In our Medical Education section, Dr Adam Fityan introduces photodermatology, the study and management of skin disorders induced or aggravated by light. In his article, he describes three of the most common photodermatoses, with suggestions for their management. 

Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is very common, and there is a high incidence in patients using wound dressings. Here, Professor Richard White explains how to diagnose ACD in patients with leg ulcers, and points out some of the most common sensitisers in wound dressings.

Dr John Mckenna, a consultant dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon, explains how Mohs surgery differs from standard excision techniques. He also discusses how it can be particularly useful for lesions where inadequate treatment can lead to severe morbidity, for example, on the face, or where tissue conservation is preferable, for example, the fingers or genitalia. 

Dr Paul Charlson discusses proposals for the future regulation of cosmetic procedures and the medical supervision of practitioners who are not clinicians. 

Elsewhere in the issue, the clinical review by Dr Helen Goodyear outlines the diagnosis and management of common skin conditions in young children, while Dr Victoria Swale discusses conditions affecting vulval skin

We also have two case reports – the first describes an enlarging umbilical ulcer that turned out to be a metastatic adenocarcinoma, while the second illustrates an unusual case of cellulitis complicated by an underlying fungal infection.

As usual, this issue provides at least five CPD credits – invaluable for your appraisal portfolio. We are always open to suggestions for ways to improve MIMS Dermatology, so if you would like to contact us, please email mims.dermatology@haymarket.com

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