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Focus on Skin Cancer: An Overview

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Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates worldwide, with current predictions forecasting at least two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Luckily, skin cancer is visible, mostly preventable and curable when detected and treated early.

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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 current predictions forecasting at least two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Luckily, skin cancer is visible, mostly preventable and curable when detected and treated early. Though the rates of skin cancer diagnoses are forecast to increase, the stable figures for individuals under the age of 45 currently reflect Australia’s long-standing public education on UV (ultraviolet) avoidance and protection.

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Jan Riley
Jan Riley is a specialist dermatology nurse based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her postgraduate studies include a Certificate in Dermatology Nursing (USA), Master of Nursing (NP) and Certificates in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine. Driven by a passion for “all things skin”, Jan is a staunch and passionate mentor and advocate, who is always ready and willing to share knowledge and inspire nurses to understand skin’s impact on daily lives. Her active participation in a range of professional activities has greatly assisted to raise the profile of dermatology and skin disease in the community. Jan currently develops and presents skin education modules through a co-directed nurse education company (Dermatology Nurse Education Australia) for nurses across all areas of care delivery.
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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.
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Julie Harkin
21 Nov 2020
I learn a lot about skin cancers
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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
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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.
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William Liu
20 Nov 2020
simple .clear and informative
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Parminder Sandhu
23 Oct 2020
very well explained knowledge of different skin cancer types
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Rhonda Belcham
01 Dec 2020
Good information to know as skin cancers are so prevalent in Australia.
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