Register for Dermatology 2015 – November 21-22

The Dermatology 2015 conference will take place November 21-22 at The Alexander Hotel on Miami Beach. Those interested in attending should register before October 23 to receive early bird registration pricing.

This certified CME course will review the current methods available to diagnose skin cancers as well as potential diagnostic tools. In addition, the course will offer a comprehensive review on some of these technologies, dermoscopy and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Faculty will illustrate with didactic lectures, case studies and a workshop with hands-on practice in reading diagnostic images of selected cases.

Participants will be able to accurately identify skin neoplasms and interpret images of selected dermoscopy and confocal cases.

Estimates for 2015 are 73,870 people with invasive melanoma, 63,440 in situ melanomas, 3 million basal cell carcinomas and 750,000 invasive squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, there will be approximately 9,940 deaths due to melanoma. One person in the United States dies from skin cancer every hour. It costs more than $1 billion a year in the treatment of skin cancer and 90 percent of the cost is due to advanced disease. However, early screening of skin cancers can reduce advanced disease.

The clinical ABCDE rule attempts to differentiate melanomas from benign pigmented skin lesions, and it serves as the basis for current clinical diagnosis. Unfortunately, the diagnostic accuracy for physicians is about 65 percent, and it is often difficult to diagnose other pigmented neoplasms, both melanocytic and non-melanocytic, from melanomas. This has prompted research and development of in vivo diagnostic technologies to aid physicians in clinical practice.

The most important part of melanoma care is early detection and surgical removal, but that approach does not prevent recurrence once melanomas become more advanced and tumor cells enter the circulation. There is a need for improved recognition of early melanoma while reducing unnecessary biopsies of benign nevi as well as a need to understand the mechanisms underlying melanocyte transformation. This educational activity will focus on improved understanding of early melanoma detection and the application of current and developing clinical tools.

A maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits will be offered for conference attendees.

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