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New data shows that melanoma is just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to Australian GPs managing skin cancer-related conditions.

Published in BMJ Open, the research led by Professor Anne Cust, deputy director of the Daffodil Centre at the University of Sydney, used data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health study between April 2000 and March 2016.  

Most startling are the overall management rates which show 3% of GP patient encounters are for skin cancer-related conditions, with solar keratosis (29.87%) and keratinocyte cancer (24.85%) the most frequent, followed by other skin lesions (12.93%), nevi (10.98%), skin check (10.37%), benign skin lesions (8.76%), and melanoma (2.42%).

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