Letters Managing melanoma

Early detection of melanoma is key, so let’s teach it

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3138 (Published 06 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:a3138
  1. Stephen F Hayes, general practitioner with special interest in dermatology1
  1. 1Canute Surgery, Southampton SO19 9AL
  1. hayes373{at}btinternet.com

    Thirlwell and Nathan note the difficulty in detecting melanoma early and the usefulness of dermoscopy in trained hands.1 The obvious answer is to train all primary care health workers better in the early signs of melanoma, train a few in the skilled use of dermoscopy, and enable patients to readily …

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