[2 min read] Field treatments for actinic keratosis | Prof David Wilkinson

actinic keratosis

Treating actinic keratosis is very common in general practice, and especially so in primary care skin cancer medicine. Many patients require treatment of both individual lesions (for example, by cryotherapy) and of the whole field that is affected (for example, the whole face, using a topical treatment, or a field treatment more generally). Continue reading “[2 min read] Field treatments for actinic keratosis | Prof David Wilkinson”

[3 min read] Photodynamic therapy for Bowen’s disease

photodynamic

How effective and safe is photodynamic therapy in treating Bowen’s disease? Bowen’s disease is an intraepidermal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). There are several alternatives for treatment of Bowen’s disease, including photodynamic therapy. A new study investigated the efficacy and safety of photodynamic therapy in treating the skin condition. Continue reading “[3 min read] Photodynamic therapy for Bowen’s disease”

[5 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [July 2020]

Giuseppe skin cancer update

In this month’s skin cancer update video, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano talks about the three possible outcomes that can be reached after you check a lesion: Excise, monitor, or do nothing. In most cases, lesions are either deemed suspicious and excised, or deemed safe and the patient goes home. Giuseppe warns that the other option – monitoring the lesion at follow-up appointments – should be used with caution and in limited cases. He goes through the scenarios in which monitoring the lesion is a good choice and how doctors can go about the follow-up procedure. Continue reading “[5 min watch] Skin Cancer Update with Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [July 2020]”

[2 min read] Is psoriasis associated with increased risk of skin cancer?

Is psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis associated with an increased risk of cancer? A recent review looked at the association and risk of cancer in patients with these conditions. Continue reading “[2 min read] Is psoriasis associated with increased risk of skin cancer?”

[3 min read] 5 common treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer

treatments

Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with around 800,000 confirmed cases each year. General practitioners alone have over one million skin cancer-related consultations annually, with lesion diagnosis being among patients’ most common skin concerns in primary care.

The two main types of non-melanoma skin cancer are: Continue reading “[3 min read] 5 common treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer”

[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

melanoma

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”