GP training in skin cancer care

A study in The Netherlands examining GPs' opinions about their role in skin cancer care suggests that while most were happy to extend their role, they need further knowledge to do so

The GPs in Nijmegen responded to a questionnaire that asked which areas of skin cancer they would require additional training in. A total of 268 GPs responded.

More than half of the GPs questioned wanted further knowledge. More than half also said they would treat basal cell carcinoma if they had extra training.

Few of the GPs perform total body inspection and palpation of lymph nodes, but many would inform patients about risk factors associated with skin cancer.

It is obvious that more training is needed for GPs to help with their role in skin cancer care.

Van Rijsingen MC, van Bon B, van der Wilt GJ et al. Br J Dermatol. Online March 6, 2014. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12935

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