FP Essentials™

Skin Cancer

Edition #401 | October 2012

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  • Discuss the risk factors for the 3 major types of skin cancer.
  • Describe the data supporting or limiting recommendations for universal versus risk-based screening for skin cancer.
  • Summarize evidence-based strategies for skin cancer prevention.
  • Summarize the key features of the history and physical examination that improve diagnostic accuracy in assessing a skin lesion.
  • Discuss an appropriate differential diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions to better differentiate lesions that are benign from those that are premalignant or malignant.
  • Outline factors supporting a decision to perform a biopsy, and identify the most appropriate biopsy technique to use for a suspicious skin lesion.
  • Summarize the evidence-based management options for premalignant and nonmelanoma skin cancers.
  • Describe potential adverse effects of skin cancer treatments and appropriate patient education strategies regarding those treatments.
  • Summarize tips for optimizing coding and billing for treatment of skin cancers.
  • Summarize melanoma staging and prognostic features.
  • Describe the optimal approach to management of melanoma based on stage.
  • Explain the role of sentinel node biopsy in the evaluation of melanoma.
  • Outline the approach to the management of recurrent melanoma.

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