Melanoma cases are projected to increase by about 50 per cent in the next 20 years worldwide; while at the same time, Australia is facing a skills shortage of doctors trained to diagnose and treat skin cancer.
This article by Janelle Miles, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- Australia and New Zealand have the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world.
- Skin cancers impose the highest costs of any cancer on the Australian health system.
- Up-skilling GPs in best-practice skin cancer care is the most cost-effective way of addressing the rising ‘tsunami’ of cases.
More than 16,000 melanoma cases are diagnosed in Australia annually and about 1,300 Australians die of skin cancer each year.
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