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[3 min read] Are negative margins in BCC biopsies an accurate predictor of residual disease?


Pathology reports of basal cell carcinoma biopsies often contain comments of positive or negative margins, with only one to two per cent of the margin evaluated. A recent study sought to determine the negative predictive value of basal cell carcinoma biopsy margin status on the absence of residual basal cell carcinoma in the corresponding excision.

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [15 October]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Kiratikorn Punyatrong. A 24-year-old female presented for a full skin check. She has no relevant past history but has multiple naevi on her back and upper body. One naevus on her back is different from the others. How would you describe this lesion, what is the […]

Can you beat the DermaChallenge computer algorithm?

More than 500 dermoscopists have completed the Medical University of Vienna’s DermaChallenge led by Harald Kittler’s team. Learn more about some of the world’s best dermoscopists who have beat the computer algorithm.

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [08 October]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Peter Ryan. A 70-year old male with a history of multiple NMSC. How would you describe this lesion, what is the differential and how would you biopsy this?

[Review] Skin Cancer Summit & Masterclasses 2018

  25 – 28 July 2018 | Brisbane  The 10th Skin Cancer Summit & Masterclasses saw international thought leaders in skin cancer medicine converge in Brisbane to collaborate with GPs from across Australia. The 2018 program once again covered a broad range of topics relevant to doctors working in primary care skin cancer medicine. The Masterclasses focused on […]

Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [October 2018]

skin cancer update

Professor Giuseppe Argenziano gives a skin cancer update in which he shares the results of recent research into methotrexate in the treatment of advanced squamous cell carcinoma.

Managing Spitz lesions in children

Spitz lesions

[2 min read] This month we share a fascinating research letter from our friend Dr Aimilios Lallas and his colleagues. In this paper published in JAMA Dermatology, they reviewed the outcome of flat, pigmented Spitz lesions in children.

Does hydrochlorothiazide use increase risk of non-melanoma skin cancer?


[2 min read] Hydrochlorothiazide is photosensitising and has previously been linked to lip cancer. The drug is commonly used in Australia to treat hypertension and oedema, and is one of the most frequently used diuretic and anti-hypertensive drugs in the United States and Western Europe. A Danish study looked at the association between hydrochlorothiazide use and […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [24 September]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Slavko Doslo. A man was concerned about a spot on the back of his arm. A full body skin check was suggested and the patient agreed to it. During the check, the Dr noticed something more interesting on the patient’s skin.  What do you make of the clinical […]

Does eating red and processed meat increase melanoma risk?

processed meat

The consumption of red meat and processed meat has been associated with an increased risk for several cancers, but the association with cutaneous melanoma risk has been inconclusive. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology investigated the association between red and processed meat intake and melanoma risk.


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