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Three simple rules for diagnosing pink tumours: Part 1

By Skin Cancer Institute |October 14, 2022

In the first of a two-part series, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano discusses the three golden rules for diagnosing pink tumours in primary care.

As pink tumours are one of the most challenging lesions to diagnose clinically and dermoscopically, Prof Argenziano explains the characteristics of pink tumours and how they are differentiated from other malignancies, with a series of real patient cases seen in his own practice.

In this short video, Prof Argenziano's simple rules include:

  1. Combine clinical plus dermoscopy
  2. Look for the prevalent feature (continued in part 2)
  3. Never do follow-up (explained in part 2)

See all this and much more in the full video below, and stay tuned for part 2, in which Prof Argenziano will continue his advice on the clinical diagnosis of pink tumours and reveal the third golden rule.


Watch the full video now:



Prof Giuseppe Argenziano is Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit at the University of Campania, Naples, Italy; Co-founder and past president of the International Dermoscopy Society; and Editor-in-Chief of Dermatology Practical and Conceptual Journal. His main research field is dermato-oncology, authoring numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. As coordinator of the Melanoma Unit at the Campania University, he has established a successful tertiary, multidisciplinary, referral center particularly devoted to the diagnosis and management of patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Over the past 25 years, Prof Argenziano has supervised over 500 foreign and Italian residents in dermatology, established scientific collaborations with 1500+ colleagues from more than 50 nations, and organised more than 500 national and international didactic meetings, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society).

Prof Argenziano has authored more than 650 full scientific articles and produced landmark primary publications and books in the field of melanoma and dermoscopy. Over the past 25 years he has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 500 national and international conferences in the field of dermatology. His combined publications have received a sum total of 15.250+ citations with an h-index value of 61 (Scopus 2020).

Topics: skin cancer diagnosis, Dermoscopy, pink tumours

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