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

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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 the rising patient demand. Continue reading “[5 min read] Australia heading for shortfall in skin specialists”

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

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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. Continue reading “[8 min read] Decline in GP income calls for skills upgrade”

[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 skin cancer nurse’s understanding and powers of discrimination would make it safe for her to screen out patients whose lesions were definitely benign. Continue reading “[8 min read] The role of skin cancer nurses in screening patients”

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?

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

Case discussion

This week we have an engaging case. A 57-year-old woman who had noticed the depigmented lesion on her arm for some months. Patient thought she may have had a BCC three years before, but was unsure of site and size.

What do you make of the clinical and dermoscopic pictures? How would you biopsy this lesion?

Continue reading “Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [22 April]”

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [18 March]

Case discussion

This week we have an engaging case. No clinical image or history.

What do you make of the dermoscopic image below? How would you biopsy?

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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [25 February]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case. There is no history for this patient here, but assume this is an adult.

What do you make of the clinical and dermoscopic images below? How would you biopsy?

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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [28 January]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case. What do you make of the clinical and dermoscopic images below?

Is there a differential diagnosis? If so, how would you biopsy?

Continue reading “Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [28 January]”

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [3 September]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Robert Mundell. An 62-year-old man with this lesion on his shoulder, past history of BCC. This is the only image, and there is no history.

So, what is the differential diagnosis here, and what would you do? Continue reading “Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [3 September]”

How to Close Wounds on Paper Thin Skin

In this short video, experienced skin cancer doctor Colin Armstrong demonstrates how to use steri-strips for wound closures on thin skin, particularly on elderly patients. Continue reading “How to Close Wounds on Paper Thin Skin”