SKIN CANCER SCREENING & PREVENTION PROGRAM
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness
Plastic Surgeons and other skin cancer specialist where required.
GP with SI in skin cancer medicine.
Skin cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Health promotion to create awareness about skin cancer prevention.
Identify at risk individuals who will benefit from education and risk modification to prevent skin cancer.
Prevent onset of skin cancer with regular assessments and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions.
Identify patients with early disease / pre-cancerous lesions, prevent disease progression by recommending early tests and treatment where necessary.
Reduce morbidity and mortality in patients with established disease and subsequently enroll them into surveillance program for regular checks to prevent recurrence or further development of new malignancies on other sites.
HIGH RISK POPULATION:
People with fair complexion, blond or red hair, blue eyes and freckles.
People with certain type OR large number of moles.
Personal OR family history of skin cancer.
People with suppressed immune system from medication (eg: organ transplant)
People with certain genetic disorders that are more prone to skin cancers.
People with chronic sun exposure / frequent blistering sunburns (outdoor workers, recreational exposure)
Diagnostics and Treatment of Skin Cancers (Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, Melanoma)
'Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, with over 13,000 new cases diagnosed every year. The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) expects this number to double by 2040. Majority of cases are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds.' For the best outcome, patients with skin cancer are best co-managed by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oncologists and occasionally GPs with an interest in this area.