[5 min read] Nicotinamide in the prevention of skin cancer | Prof David Wilkinson

Nicotinamide

A colleague recently queried about the use of Nicotinamide in the prevention of non-melanoma skin cancers (or, as we should really be referring to them now, keratinocyte cancers [KC]). Continue reading “[5 min read] Nicotinamide in the prevention of skin cancer | Prof David Wilkinson”

[1 min read] New guidelines: diagnosis and treatment of BCC and melanoma

guidelines

International guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are an important tool for medical practitioners in Australia who manage these conditions in their practice. Continue reading “[1 min read] New guidelines: diagnosis and treatment of BCC and melanoma”

[2 min read] New cryotherapy guidelines | Prof David Wilkinson

cryotherapy

The new Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines have been released. A PDF summary of the key recommendations is helpfully provided, which is well worth a read and important to become familiar with. Continue reading “[2 min read] New cryotherapy guidelines | Prof David Wilkinson”

[4 min read] Blocking key regulator could treat non-melanoma skin cancers

The outer layer of the skin completely replaces itself every two to four weeks, but when this process is blocked, cancer can grow. A new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now identified a key regulator of that block known as LSD1, as well as a way to genetically influence the skin to grow in a way that prevents this block from happening. Continue reading “[4 min read] Blocking key regulator could treat non-melanoma skin cancers”

[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. Continue reading “[7 min read] 45 new genetic causes of non-melanoma skin cancer identified”

[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. Continue reading “[4 min read] How to biopsy pigmented skin lesions”

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

[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. Continue reading “[3 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [September 2019]”

[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? 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

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