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88117 - Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine

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The goal of this program is to provide introductory training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer medicine in the primary care setting. 
This Certificate of Skin Cancer course is day two of the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine. Day one is the Certificate of Dermoscopy: RACGP activity number 88015. 

Relevance to General Practice

In 2010, almost 780,000 skin cancers were diagnosed and treated in Australia.Only 1% of these were invasive melanoma.The vast majority were nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) in people aged 60 years and over. Nonmelanoma skin cancers in Australia are now nearly seven times more common than all other cancers combined; approximately half of these are removed by general practitioners. Despite these statistics, dermatology training in medical schools in Australia is poor by international standards and extremely variable.Some medical graduates will have received no training in skin examination and skin cancer diagnosis. International medical graduates typically receive more dermatology training but may never have seen a skin cancer before coming to work in Australia. The ethnic diversity in Australia also means that GPs working in metropolitan inner city clinics may see few patients with skin cancer. Thousands of Australians die each year from melanoma due to a delay in diagnosis.

Learning outcomes
  • Apply a systematic approach to patient communication &assessment of cases & when to refer for advice from dermatologist, plastic surgeon &/or other practitioner
  • Identify, select and apply appropriate treatment options for common skin cancers
  • Perform safe excisions and close with direct suture, small and low risk skin cancers.
  • Identify the foundations of surgery: principles of wound management, asepsis, surgery set-up, local anaesthesia, sutures and dressings
  • Identify features of pigmented & non-pigmented skin lesions.
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    88117 - Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine
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    6 hours
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    6 hours
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