Focus on Skin Cancer: An Overview

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The start of summer in Australia is an important time for nurses to turn their focus to the skin. Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates worldwide, with the Cancer Council Australia forecasting that at least two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Luckily, skin cancer is visible, mostly preventable and curable when detected and treated early.

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Effective nurse participation in skin cancer recognition, prevention and management, as well as patient support and guidance along recognised referral pathways, requires a basic knowledge and understanding of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.


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Jan Riley
Jan Riley is a retired specialist dermatology nurse and nurse educator. She was certified with the Dermatology Nurses Association (USA) and has strong professional links with the British Dermatology Nurses Group and the New Zealand Dermatology Nurses Society.
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Debra Matheson
17 Nov 2020
Very good topic helpful for all areas of practice
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Cherie Smith
04 May 2021
I found this reading to be explanatory and to the point.
Julie Harkin
21 Nov 2020
I learn a lot about skin cancers
Teagan Kindleysides
18 May 2021
To the point, easy to read.
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S Wright
19 Nov 2020
Short update on skin cancer. Increase my general professional knowledge.
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Kim McGregor
02 Aug 2020
good basic knowledge of the different types of skin cancers and where they originate within the skin
Lorraine Fetch
16 Nov 2020
Patients with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma must be cared for vigilantly, as these carcinomas can be fatal. I learned about a young European gentleman who was absolutely obsessed with using a sauna ( Finnish sun bath) on a regular basis to tan his skin but died from melanoma of the skin.
Marina Barney
29 May 2022
Ja Hwang
28 Nov 2023
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Great learning. Thanks.
William Liu
20 Nov 2020
simple .clear and informative
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