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A Quarter of Australians Photograph Their Moles


Almost a quarter of Australians photograph their skin to keep track of moles, with an estimated 100 million potentially life-saving images taken every year, according to recent research. The skin checking app Miiskin conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,003 Australian adults. It found that 24 per cent of Australians have taken photos of their […]

Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [February 2018]

skin cancer update

In this month’s skin cancer update, Associate Professor Guiseppe Argenziano explains some important rules to avoid missing a melanoma. Giuseppe says it is possible for any doctor to miss a melanoma, but there are a set of rules we can apply to every scenario to decrease the likelihood of this happening. Guiseppe gives the example […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [5 February]

Case discussion Slavko Doslo

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Slavko Doslo. Elderly male, reports non healing ulcer being there for several weeks. Please review and describe the clinical and dermoscopic images. What is your evaluation, and differential diagnosis? What would you do?

Guidelines for Genetic Testing for Melanoma

genetic testing for melanoma

Is it necessary to update guidelines for genetic testing for melanoma in countries with low to moderate incidence? Genetic testing for melanoma-prone mutation in France (a country with low to moderate incidence of melanoma) is proposed in cases with two invasive cutaneous melanomas in the same patient, or in first- or second-degree relatives. In preclinical […]

Biopsy Margin for Total Removal of Dysplastic Nevi

dysplastic nevi

Complete removal of individual dysplastic nevi is often achieved by a second surgical procedure after the initial biopsy. The choice to perform the second procedure is strongly influenced by the histopathologic margins of the initial biopsy specimen. A study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology evaluated the clinical and histopathologic […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [29 January]

Case discussion Dorothy Dowd 180129

This week we have an engaging case from Dr Dorothy Dowd. Older female with pigmented lesion on lower leg. Dorothy was questioning melanoma and in situ, and did a shave excision. Here is the report. Dorothy is wondering what this means, and what to do next. What do you all think?

Declining Risk of Skin Cancer After Organ Transplantation

computer vision

Is the high risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma after organ transplantation declining? A recent study looked at the temporal trends for the risk of skin cancer – particularly squamous cell carcinoma – after organ transplantation. The high risk of skin cancer after organ transplantation is a major, well-documented clinical challenge, but there are few […]

Female Night Shift Workers Have Increased Cancer Risk

night shift workers

An analysis of cancer risks has found a significant increase in the risk of skin, breast and gastrointestinal cancer in women who work night shifts over a long period of time. A study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal found that the cancer risk of night shift workers increased by 19 percent […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [22 January]


This week we have an interesting case from Dr Slavko Doslo. A 40-year-old female with concerns about a lonely lesion noted on her foot.  Please review and describe the clinical and dermoscopic images. What is your evaluation, and differential diagnosis? What would you do?

Outdoor Workers at High Risk of Skin Cancer

outdoor workers

More than two million outdoor workers are not being provided with any sun protection by their employers, according to the 2017 Skin Health Australia Report Card. In a national population survey, 45 percent of respondents were required to work outdoors sometimes, regularly or all the time. Fifty-seven percent of these people said their employers did […]


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