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Performance of primary care physicians on early skin cancer diagnosis (melanoma and non-melanoma)

Journal of Dermatology & Cosmetology
Dimitri Luz Felipe da Silva, Lorena Visentainer, Andréa Eloy Fernandes da Costa França, Renata Ferreira Magalhães

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Skin cancer is a matter of public health concern, since melanoma is an aggressive and potentially lethal skin tumor, and non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world population. This way, it´s a role of generalist and primary care physicians perform early diagnosis and refer to dermatologists. In this present comment, we aim to discuss this role, demonstrating the accuracy and showing new perspectives for early diagnosis and correct referrals.


skin cancer, primary care physicians, early diagnosis, spinal cell carcinoma, non-melanoma, biopsies, surgeries