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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [14 October]

Case discussion

This week we have another engaging case. A 75-year-old Caucasian Australian male with a past history of solar keratosis and no previous melanoma or significant personal or family history of melanoma. Previously, he worked only indoors. The patient presented for opinion on a darker area of change in an existing “freckle” on his neck that […]

[7 min read] 45 new genetic causes of non-melanoma skin cancer identified

genetic causes

An Australian study has discovered 45 new genetic variants that put people at higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – the most common form of skin cancers.

[4 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [October 2019]

skin cancer update

In this month’s skin cancer update video, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano discusses differential diagnoses for lesions on the scalp, especially in elderly people.

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [30 September]

case discussion

This week we have an engaging case from Dr Armstrong. A pink lesion was found on a patient’s right arm during a routine skin exam. The patient was unaware of the lesion.

[4 min read] How to biopsy pigmented skin lesions

pigmented skin lesion

A recent article published in Australian Doctor warned against shave biopsies for pigmented skin lesions suspicious for melanoma. Below, Professor David Wilkinson offers guidance for the best-practice approach to biopsying these lesions in general practice.

[5 min read] Skin cancer diagnosis: Artificial intelligence and full-body photography

artificial intelligence

Digitisation has become an indispensable part of medicine, and systems like total body photography and artificial intelligence can now support doctors in some medical fields with the same precision as an expert. For example, new systems are becoming available that aid physicians in the rapid detection of new, altered and malignant moles.

[3 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [September 2019]

skin cancer update

In this month’s skin cancer update, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano looks at an interesting case of trichoblastoma – a rare, cutaneous condition characterised by benign neoplasms of follicular germinative cells – with a real patient example.

[4 min read] Family history of melanoma increases risk of melanoma, SCC and BCC

family history

How does a family history of melanoma affect your patients’ risk of developing melanoma and keratinocyte cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

[5 min read] Australia heading for shortfall in skin specialists

skin cancer

Skin cancer experts warn that Australia is heading for a shortfall in dermatologists – a dangerous situation for the country with the world’s highest rate of melanoma. With over 800,000 skin cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, it is vital that we have enough doctors with knowledge in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment to meet […]

[9 min read] Genetic testing motivates behaviour changes in at-risk melanoma patients

genetic causes

Would genetic testing motivate behaviour changes in patients at high risk of melanoma? Melanoma is one of the most severe types of skin cancer, with around 14,000 new cases and 2,000 deaths in Australia each year.

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