The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice

CPD hours: Educational activities: 
3
CPD hours: Measuring outcomes: 
0
CPD hours: Reviewing performance: 
3

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This education is accredited: RACGP 6 CPD, ACRRM 6 CME PD.

This activity will guide GPs through the epidemiology of skin cancers in Australia, skin cancer prevention, balanced approach to UV and vitamin D awareness and the diagnosis and management of melanoma and the most common non-melanoma skin cancers.

This education is also available as three separate 2 hour activities: Biopsy Techniques, Skin Cancer Prevention & Vitamin D, Diagnosis and management of non-melanoma skin cancer and Diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. The separate activities may be applicable to you if you do not want to complete the 6-hour advanced course, and are only interested in one or two of the topics.

By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Advise patients about maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels based on understanding the UV index, SunSmart UV alert, sun exposure and sun protection recommendations.
  • Diagnose and manage the most common skin cancers in Australia.
  • Identify clinical and histopathological features of lesions indicating the need for specialist referral.
  • Select biopsy techniques for suspicious lesions and use the appropriate excision margins for melanoma according to Breslow thickness.
  • Use a systematic approach to full skin examination and educate patients about skin cancer prevention.

Lead authors:

Dr Sarah McDonald, Clinical Fellow, Victorian Melanoma Service

Dr Alvin Chong, Senior Lecturer in Dermatology, University of Melbourne

Project management:

Philippa Davis, Primary Health Program, Cancer Council Victoria

Shannon Jones, SunSmart Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria

This education is sponsored by Cancer Council Victoria.
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Components
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Predisposing activity
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Module 1
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Module 2
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Module 3
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Reinforcing activity
The prevention and early detection of skin cancer in general practice - Evaluation