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[8 min read] Decline in GP income calls for skills upgrade


There has been a decline in the average hourly income for general practitioners as other specialists see a healthy rise in theirs, highlighting the need for GPs to diversify their skills and seek a field of subspecialisation.

[2 min read] Accuracy of computer-aided melanoma diagnosis | Prof David Wilkinson

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This month, I was fascinated to read a meta-analysis of the accuracy of computer-aided melanoma diagnosis, by Vincent Dick et al.

[2 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [July 2019]

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In this month’s skin cancer update video, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano talks about an interesting patient case that demonstrates the importance of performing an examination of the entire skin surface – even if the patient is only concerned about one particular lesion – and highlights how dermoscopy can both enhance and change our understandings of lesions in […]

[4 min read] Compounds found that starve melanoma cells of energy


Researchers have identified compounds that starve melanoma cells of energy. Scientists at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have found a possible way of beating the drug resistance of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.

[4 min read] The Bob Marley melanoma story

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This is the Bob Marley story. Passionate about skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment, HealthCert shares this story every time we teach about melanoma. Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician, and considered one of the pioneers of reggae. He died in 1981 aged 36 from a melanoma that started under his big toenail […]

[5 min read] First-line treatment decisions for BRAF-mutated melanoma

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How do you determine first-line treatment for your patients with melanoma? Treatment decisions for advanced melanoma are increasingly complex and guidelines provide limited advice on how to choose between immunotherapy and targeted therapy for first-line treatment. A Delphi study was carried out to understand which patient characteristics and disease-related factors inform clinicians’ choices of first-line […]

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

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In this month’s skin cancer update video, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano continues his two-part discussion from last month about the role of Imiquimod in the treatment of lentigo maligna. Using real patient case examples, Giuseppe discusses Imiquimod in an adjuvant setting, including how it can be applied in a clinical setting after surgery has been performed.

[8 min read] The role of skin cancer nurses in screening patients

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Skin cancer nurses play a vital role in the management and education of their patients, and advanced nursing has been found to correlate with high patient satisfaction (Wong and Chung 2006). Many skin cancer nurses also assess skin lesions at follow-up visits but have not progressed to a primary screening role. A study tested whether a […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [27 May]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Tracey Zeelie. We don’t have a history or clinical picture. What is your opinion on this dermoscopy image? If you would biopsy, what technique would you use?

[3 min read] Risk of recurrence in patients with high-risk, localised melanoma


This month’s research article is from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. The authors consider the important question: what is the risk of melanoma recurrences among patients with a high-risk, localised melanoma?


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