Guided microscopy


On average, there are about 20 skin cancers per year per general practitioner in Australia. There is significant morbidity and mortality associated with skin cancer. Each year, about 1,500 Australians die from melanoma and 450 from non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). As with most cancers, the risk of developing skin cancer increases with age. Fortunately, skin cancer is amenable to early detection and potential cure. GPs are well placed to facilitate the detection of skin cancer by using opportunistic examination, a high index of suspicion and good observation skills. These videos will discuss the microscopy of a range of different lesions and their particular cytological characteristics.