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We all use biopsy to confirm the clinical diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), to determine the sub-type of BCC, and hence to plan the formal treatment – this is usually by excision with appropriate margins, but of course we also consider other destructive methods or topical treatments.
Colleagues will be aware of the technology that is reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM). This is special imaging of the sub-structure of the skin, typically available in specialist centres, and can be used to identify BCC sub type, and to map margins. Continue reading “[2 min read] Biopsy vs reflectance confocal microscopy in diagnosing BCC | Prof David Wilkinson”
In this month’s skin cancer update, the second of a four-part series, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano discusses what you need to know about facial lesions, and also explores the five general concepts he recommends considering when approaching these lesions; including forgetting the age of patients.
Nodular basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is most often treated with surgical excision. However, interest is increasing in minimally invasive treatments for these low-risk skin cancers. A new study reviewed the effectiveness of surgical excision compared with curettage and imiquimod cream in treating nodular BCC. Continue reading “[2 min read] Surgery vs curettage & imiquimod for nodular BCC”
How do you select the most appropriate suture type for each procedure? A suture’s size or type will vary depending on the situation, and there are several factors to consider including how long they will last for.
In this short video, Skin Cancer Doctor Tony Azzi shares his advice and simple rules on the sutures he uses, such as a dermal suture on the back. Dr Azzi also discusses the size sutures he recommends as “some sutures are more suitable than others” for different areas of the body.
In a busy general practice offering a new range of services often comes with several new associated factors, including booking and managing consultations. In this short video, Aesthetic Doctor Jenny Kimmins shares her advice on managing aesthetic and skin cancer consultations in a busy general practice; starting with having separate consulting times.
Are you thinking of incorporating aesthetic medicine into your practice? Or maybe you already have and would like to grow your range of aesthetic services? Before diving in too quickly, have you considered your demographic, what your patients can afford or what equipment you need?
If you perform skin biopsies in your practice, catch Skin Cancer Doctor Hamilton Ayres’ top tips for choosing the right biopsy technique. In this short video, Dr Ayres provides advice on skin cancer management in primary care, including different biopsy procedures for suspicious lesions.
New online melanoma risk calculators help predict melanoma risk and potentially deadly spread.
Clinicians and their patients now have access to a series of online calculators which will assist in prevention, early detection and optimum treatment of melanoma, ultimately saving lives. Continue reading “[1 min read] New online melanoma risk calculators”
Treating actinic keratosis is very common in general practice, and especially so in primary care skin cancer medicine. Many patients require treatment of both individual lesions (for example, by cryotherapy) and of the whole field that is affected (for example, the whole face, using a topical treatment, or a field treatment more generally). Continue reading “[2 min read] Field treatments for actinic keratosis | Prof David Wilkinson”
In this month’s skin cancer update, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano discusses facial and non-facial lentiginous melanoma featuring real-life cases and some of his very own scholarly articles. Professor Argenziano draws on his previous research of lentiginous melanoma as a “newly defined entity”, and explores what you need to know about the special type of melanoma from a biological point of view.