Skin cancer: an overview of assessment and management
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Skin cancer: an overview of assessment and management

Carrie Wingfield Nurse consultant dermatology, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, University East Anglia

This article provides an overview of the most prevalent types of skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions, and shows primary care practitioners how to pick up early presentations of the disease. It covers epidemiology, clinical presentation, management and patient education as well as predisposing factors, disease associations and treatment options. It gives advice on using referral pathways for non-melanoma and melanoma cancers and outlines national treatment guidelines. It also stresses that healthcare professionals should keep a perspective on the dangers of sun exposure to avoid increasing unnecessary fear and anxiety.

Primary Health Care. 22, 3, 28-38. doi: 10.7748/phc2012.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared