Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 84–90 | Cite as

Use of Dermoscopy to Diagnose and Select BCCs that can be Treated Empirically

  • Chrysoula Papageorgiou
  • Zoe Apalla
  • Efstratios Vakirlis
  • Elena Sotiriou
  • Dimitrios Ioannides
  • Aimilios Lallas
Skin Cancer (A Marghoob and M Marchetti, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Skin Cancer


Purpose of Review

The diagnostic value of dermoscopy for basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) is well established. This paper aims to review available data on the role of dermoscopy not only in the management of BCCs in everyday practice and mainly in selecting tumors that may be treated non-surgically.

Recent Findings

Several factors influence the selection of treatment for BCC, including the histopathologic subtype, tumor depth, the presence of pigmentation or ulceration, the anatomic site, and patient’s physical profile. Dermoscopy was shown to provide additional information to the naked eye examination about several of these parameters and, therefore, might be very helpful tool in the pre-operative and post-treatment evaluation of BCCs.


In addition to its well-documented value in diagnosis, dermoscopy also gains ground in management of BCC. By revealing features not clinically seen, dermoscopy is a useful guide that enhances the selection of the appropriate treatment strategy and the assessment of post-treatment response.


Basal cell carcinoma Dermoscopy Management Treatment Non-ablative therapies 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chrysoula Papageorgiou
    • 1
  • Zoe Apalla
    • 1
  • Efstratios Vakirlis
    • 1
  • Elena Sotiriou
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Ioannides
    • 1
  • Aimilios Lallas
    • 1
  1. 1.First Department of DermatologyAristotle UniversityThessalonikiGreece

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