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There are 3 comments on Innocent Mole or Skin Cancer? FDA Clears Device with BU-Developed Technology That Makes Detection Easier

  1. I am part of this program but have not participated recently.
    I appreciated the news of a special sensor to detect skin lesions irregularities.
    Any of this service provided for any or special Dermatologist here at MGH?
    If so, Is there an open list to make an appointment with such Dr.?
    Thanks so much, Charlotte Gross

  2. I am very interested in the DermaSensor. It is a Major break thru for patients
    who have several forms of cancer already.
    I had colon cancer, basil and squamous, I also have a nodule on my thyroid,and a spot in my eye that an eye specialist is watching carefully. I just had it checked yesterday and it has not changed in size the past 6 months. I had not been seen by the dermatoligist in three years!
    Just being part of All of Us, this is a major breakthrough of medical intervention
    information. Thank you for sharing the info of this new device for cancer detection.

  3. There is something else to be considered. Years ago, when a patient went to see their physician, he or she actually looked at them, touched them, smelled them, listened and percussed them. Now, physicians sit across from them taping on the computer keyboard while the patients speak, often not even looking in their direction. Then the physician may order a multitude of tests.
    We seem to be losing the “art” of medicine. How many skin cancers could be picked up if the patient disrobed and the physician actually looked at their skin. This is especially important for those areas of the body that the patient cannot see. (example-the back of their body) Additionally, not everyone has good eyesight and can notice the fine details of a mark/growth. If they do see something, they often brush it off and then forget how long it has been there or how much it has grown. A significant percentage of people live alone or do not have someone else observing their skin.
    This new device sounds great, but there would be significantly better outcomes if there was a comprehensive approach.

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