Non-pigmented skin lesions: how many are non melanoma skin cancer?

FitzGerald, Kristen, Buttner, Petra, and Donovan, Shaun A. (2006) Non-pigmented skin lesions: how many are non melanoma skin cancer? Australian Family Physician, 35 (7). pp. 1-3.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common cancer in Australia and thus the most costly to treat. Despite the high prevalence of NMSC, little is known about the rate of malignancy in excised or biopsied nonpigmented lesions. METHOD An audit of 912 reports relating to nonpigmented skin samples from 749 patients processed during January 2005 in Tasmania. RESULTS Nonmelanoma skin cancer was present in 60.6% of samples from specialists and 44.5% from nonspecialists/primary care doctors (p<0.001); 1.6 skin lesions were excised or biopsied in order to identify one malignant or pre-invasive lesion (1.3 for specialists and 1.7 for nonspecialists). The number of NMSCs increased with age and were more common in men. DISCUSSION Medical practitioners are efficient in their management of nonpigmented skin lesions in both primary and secondary care.

Item ID: 4131
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: non melanoma skin cancer; nonpigmented lesions; histology; general practice
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ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 04:17
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders @ 20%
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