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In the blog category “Case Studies” Professor David Wilkinson offers an excellent platform to discuss clinical problems and cases within a closed alumni community. This area is password-protected and only accessible to past UQ Skin Cancer Certificate course participants.

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Outdoor Workers at High Risk of Skin Cancer

outdoor workers

More than two million outdoor workers are not being provided with any sun protection by their employers, according to the 2017 Skin Health Australia Report Card. In a national population survey, 45 percent of respondents were required to work outdoors sometimes, regularly or all the time. Fifty-seven percent of these people said their employers did […]

HealthCert Recommends: The IDS 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy

World Congress of Dermoscopy

If you have an interest in dermoscopy and skin cancer medicine, don’t miss the International Dermoscopy Society’s 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy, to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece from 14 to 16 June 2018. REGISTER NOW The Congress will bring together passionate dermoscopists from around the globe, from novice researchers to experienced clinicians. It offers […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [15 January]

Case discussion Tim Aung

This week we have an engaging case from Dr Tim Aung. A 40-year-old female with concerns about a lesion presented for months.  Please review and describe the clinical and dermoscopic images. What is your evaluation, and differential diagnosis? What would you do?

Do skin cancers on elderly patients always need to be treated?

elderly patients

In very elderly patients, less aggressive skin cancers on the faces might not always need to be treated, according to a study in the US. Research suggests that the age and relative lifespan of the patient should be taken into consideration when deliberating treatment for slow-growing non-melanoma skin cancer on the face. In a study […]

Proportion of Melanomas Managed by GPs in Australia

melanomas managed by GPs

This month, we have a really interesting and relevant research letter to review and consider, concerning the proportion of melanomas managed by GPs in Australia. This was published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology by Wu et al. I noted it in part because it referenced some research that I did a decade ago (how […]

Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [08 January]

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This week we have another interesting case from Dr Slavko Doslo. A 61-year-old female with concerns about pigmented lesion on nipple.  Please review and describe the clinical and dermoscopic images. What is your assessment, and what would you do?

How does early life sun exposure affect skin cancer risk?


How does sun exposure in early life affect risk of developing basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas? Sun exposure is the main cause of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, although pattern and amount differ by cancer type. Sun sensitivity is the major risk factor. A study published in the Photochemistry and Photobiology journal investigated […]

Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [January 2018]

Skin Cancer Update

A multi-centre study has explored the prevalence of melanoma on hairy scalps in comparison to bald scalps. Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano explains in this skin cancer update video that – while around 76 percent of scalp melanomas are found on people with thinning or no hair – a quarter appear on people with hairy scalps. […]

Detecting Thin Melanoma

thin melanoma

Although the risk of relapse of patients with thin melanoma is regraded low, a significant and steadily increasing proportion of early-stage cutaneous melanoma patients relapse and die of their melanoma. In fact, 25 percent of mortality is caused by cutaneous melanomas smaller than 1 millimetre in thickness. These high-risk patients cannot be detected, so far, […]

BRAF Mutation Associated With Central Nervous System Metastasis in Melanoma Patients

central nervous system metastasis

BRAF mutation is associated with sentinel lymph node positivity and central nervous system metastasis in patients with primary cutaneous melanoma, according to new research. The findings were presented at the 9th World Congress of Melanoma and 14th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research. A cohort of 1,544 patients with primary cutaneous melanoma were […]


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