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Cancers 2010, 2(2), 1155-1165;

The Connection between the Presence of Melanoma and Changes in Fibre Diffraction Patterns

Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200, Australia
Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Rd Clayton, VIC 3168, Australia
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Received: 5 May 2010 / Revised: 3 June 2010 / Accepted: 4 June 2010 / Published: 4 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cutaneous Melanoma)
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An accurate diagnosis of melanomas at an early stage correlates directly with a better prognosis. However the incidence of melanoma is still increasing along with the number of related deaths. Melanoma cells grow extremely fast, with the result that many patients present after metastasis has occurred, too late for effective treatment. This paper describes the changes in the fibre diffraction patterns of skin that indicate the presence of a melanoma. Identification of these changes would provide an alternative early low-cost, reliable diagnostic test which could be conducted on a regular basis in local radiology facilities using rotating anode X-ray generators or as a mass screening test using suitable small angle x-ray beam-lines at synchrotrons. View Full-Text
Keywords: melanoma; diagnosis; x-ray diffraction; skin melanoma; diagnosis; x-ray diffraction; skin

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James, V.J.; Kirby, N. The Connection between the Presence of Melanoma and Changes in Fibre Diffraction Patterns. Cancers 2010, 2, 1155-1165.

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