[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”

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

genetic testing

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] Behavioural counselling to prevent skin cancer

behavioural counselling

Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, with two in three Australians diagnosed with the disease by the age of 70. A recent report looked at recommendations on behavioural counselling for the primary prevention of skin cancer. Continue reading “[4 min read] Behavioural counselling to prevent skin cancer”

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

income

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

skin cancer nurse

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?

Continue reading “Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [27 May]”

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

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? Continue reading “[3 min read] Risk of recurrence in patients with high-risk, localised melanoma”

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [20 May]

Case discussion

This week we have an interesting case from Dr Renuka Ranasinghe. An elderly male presented for a skin check for benign seb k’s noticed by his wife. 

The below shown pigmented lesion was noted – what do you make of the clinical and dermoscopic pictures? How would you biopsy this lesion?

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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]”