149013 - Dermatology for GPs: Clinical Management of Common Skin Cancer
- : Online
This ALM will provide you with the skills to increase the confidence in diagnosing, treating and referring a range of skin cancers and non-surgical modalities for field change frequently seen in general practice. Dermatology encompasses a wide range of skin conditions. With patients typically presenting first to their GPs at the sign of any skin conditions, this dermatology workshop is a must for all GPs looking to update their knowledge in this area. Each session of this workshop will consist of a theoretical and practical component. The highly interactive practical session will cover procedural skills in suturing and dermoscopy.Relevance to General Practice
Skin Cancer is a major health issue in Australia. In 2013 Melanoma was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia . Basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Australia even though they aren’t included in cancer statistics .
Since skin cancers, when diagnosed at early stages, can be cured by surgery alone, early diagnosis of melanoma and NMSC is essential. Several studies and meta-analyses have conclusively shown that dermoscopy increases diagnostic accuracy in pigmented lesions and melanoma . Moreover, NMSC and actinic keratosis lesions can be properly identified with dermoscopy before a biopsy . Its use even improves diagnosis of non-pigmented skin cancers, and their differentiation from benign lesions .
Adequately treating skin cancers at early stages will also prevent invasive and metastatic cases, decrease patients’ morbidity, decrease financial burden on the health system and improve patients’ quality of lives.