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

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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. Continue reading “[5 min read] Skin cancer diagnosis: Artificial intelligence and full-body photography”

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

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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? Continue reading “[4 min read] Family history of melanoma increases risk of melanoma, SCC and BCC”

[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”

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

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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. Continue reading “[9 min read] Genetic testing motivates behaviour changes in at-risk melanoma patients”

[4 min read] Breast cancer drug may treat mucosal melanoma

mucosal melanoma

A drug typically used to treat breast cancer may also be effective in treating mucosal melanoma.

Mucosal melanoma is not linked to UV exposure and is extremely difficult to treat. It occurs on moist tissues inside the body, including the eyes, inside the mouth and nose, gastrointestinal areas and the genital tract.

Continue reading “[4 min read] Breast cancer drug may treat mucosal melanoma”

[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.
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[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 the clinical setting. Continue reading “[2 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [July 2019]”

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

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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. Continue reading “[4 min read] Compounds found that starve melanoma cells of energy”

[4 min read] The Bob Marley melanoma story

Bob Marley

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 in 1977. Continue reading “[4 min read] The Bob Marley melanoma story”

[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 treatment for BRAF-mutated melanoma.

Continue reading “[5 min read] First-line treatment decisions for BRAF-mutated melanoma”