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Nonmelanoma skin cancer. Symptoms, signs and treatment

ANTHEA MULCAHY, ANNABEL DODDS, Stephen Shumack

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Abstract

GPs are at the forefront of the detection and early management of nonmelanoma skin cancers, which are the most common skin cancers encountered in general practice.

Key Points

  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
  • GPs play a vital role in the detection and early management of nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Actinic keratoses can develop into squamous cell carcinomas.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas can metastasise and lesions with histological margins less than 1mm require further treatment.
  • Basal cell carcinomas are the most common nonmelanoma skin cancer in Australia; their treatment is determined by site and subtype.

    Picture credit: © Evgeniy Kalinovskiy/adobe.stock.com

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