Detection of skin cancer

Non-dermatologists should be further educated about the detection of skin cancer, according to researchers

A retrospective cohort study determined the number of suspicious lesions referred to dermatologists that are found to be malignant, with the number of incidental skin cancers identified at referral. Between January 2006 and December 2009, 400 patients with suspected malignant lesions were referred by non-dermatologists. Of these lesions, only 22 per cent were found to be cancerous. In total, 149 cancerous lesions were found in 98 patients; 59.1 per cent were in the suspected lesion. An additional 111 incidental lesions were found, 55 per cent of which were cancerous.
Viola KV, Tolpinrud WL, Gross CP et al. Arch Dermatol 2011; 147: 556-60

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