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.


The Congress will bring together passionate dermoscopists from around the globe, from novice researchers to experienced clinicians. It offers a great opportunity for medical professionals interested in skin cancer to learn about the latest research in dermoscopy from inspirational thought leaders in the field. Continue reading “HealthCert Recommends: The IDS 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy”

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 published in JAMA Surgery, researchers said that there are multiple ways to treat non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and that the decision to treat them should take into account the patient’s lifestyle, needs and wishes. Researchers also advised that patients need to understand what the course of the cancer usually is. Continue reading “Do skin cancers on elderly patients always need to be treated?”

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 the risk factors and residential ambient UV in a population-based sample of Australians. The cohort included 916 basal cell carcinomas, 433 squamous cell carcinomas, and 1,224 controls. Continue reading “How does early life sun exposure affect skin cancer risk?”

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.

Scalp melanoma can be aggressive and has a poorer prognosis compared to melanoma found elsewhere on the body, because scalp melanoma is generally thicker at the time of diagnosis. It also looks different depending on where it is located on the scalp itself, making it trickier to identify. Continue reading “Skin Cancer Update with A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano [January 2018]”

Cutaneous Lymphomas: New Therapies in Development

cutaneous lymphomas

Modern therapies for cutaneous lymphomas were a topic of discussion at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 2017 Congress, which was held in Geneva in September 2017. Continue reading “Cutaneous Lymphomas: New Therapies in Development”

Suturing Technique for Best Cosmetic Outcomes


How does suturing technique affect cosmetic outcomes after facial surgery? Recent research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sought to compare the cosmetic results of simple interrupted sutures versus running subcuticular sutures in facial surgery.

In a controlled trial, adults receiving dermatologic surgery on the face (for conditions such as skin cancer) were randomised to receive either simple interrupted sutures (73 patients) or running subcuticular sutures (69 patients). Continue reading “Suturing Technique for Best Cosmetic Outcomes”

What is the best protection against sunburn?


Sunscreen is more effective than shade at protecting the skin from sunburn, although neither approach alone can completely prevent it, according to recent research.

Researchers in Lake Lewisville, Texas, sought to discover how well shade from a beach umbrella protects against sunburn and how it compares with protection provided by high-SPF sunscreen. Continue reading “What is the best protection against sunburn?”

Alcohol Increases Risk of Skin Cancer


Drinking alcohol increases a person’s risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer, according to a review published in British Journal of Dermatology.

Previously, the association between alcohol intake and non-melanoma skin cancer – which mainly comprises of basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma – was inconclusive. Therefore, the objective of the recent review was to quantify the relationship between alcohol intake and non-melanoma skin cancer using meta-analysis. Continue reading “Alcohol Increases Risk of Skin Cancer”

Management Guidelines for Dermoscopy of Spitz Nevi

Spitz nevi

We know that dermoscopy provides us with more information than is possible with the naked eye. The trick is to understand what the additional information means, and what we should do with it! This is where research on dermoscopy and management guidelines is so important. In this case, we are particularly looking at the management of Spitz nevi. Continue reading “Management Guidelines for Dermoscopy of Spitz Nevi”

Groundbreaking Immunotherapy Drug Beats Skin Cancer

central nervous system metastasis

A ‘groundbreaking’ immunotherapy drug is helping patients overcome advanced non-melanoma skin cancer.

Cemiplimab is being used at Sir Charles Gaidner Hospital in Perth as part of an international trial. Oncologist Annette Lim, who runs the trial, says most patients have responded with encouraging results.

There were strict criteria for patients to enter the trial, but early results suggest the drug could be a game-changer for non-melanoma skin cancer sufferers. Continue reading “Groundbreaking Immunotherapy Drug Beats Skin Cancer”