A123 An introduction to pre-cancerous and cancerous skin presentations for primary care providers
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK with over 100,000 cases diagnosed every year. However, despite this number many health practitioners still find recognising and managing skin cancer a challenge.
This introductory course will assist healthcare practitioners in confidently dealing with various type of skin cancers and their treatment. It offers a broad overview around how to spot common precancerous and cancerous skin lesions whilst providing a foundation for further diagnostic skill development.
Who should attend?
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Allied Health Professionals
Aims / objectives
At the end of course you will:
- Understand about the prevalence of skin cancer and how it affects the UK population
- Be able to identify the risk factors that predispose the development of skin cancer
- Discuss when and what to refer for further assessment in secondary care.
- Review NICE guidelines for improving patient outcomes having presented with skin tumours
- Explore treatment options for non-melanoma and melanoma lesions
- Improve diagnostic skills to determine differential diagnosis of benign lesions
- Have a better understanding of dermoscopy, including what it is and how it is used.
- Fundamentals of skin cancer including who is at risk
- Recognising non-melanoma, melanoma and high-risk skin cancer
- Available treatments including non-invasive topical treatment, cryotherapy and surgical options
- Basic dermoscopy and the use of a dermatoscope in diagnosing skin cancer/benign lesions
- Patient follow up and education.