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Skin cancer

What a GP needs to know about skin cancer, from incidence and risk through to diagnosis, treatment and follow up plans

Melanoma: at a glance

  • The first sign of melanoma is usually a new mole or an existing one that is growing, changing colour (either becoming lighter or darker) or becoming irregular in some way.
  • All suspected melanomas should be referred urgently to a dermatologist for further evaluation via the two week wait pathway.
  • The most important risk factors are skin type (I and II are at higher risk) and significant sun exposure in childhood.

Further skin cancer resources below