Avoid cryotherapy at risky body sites: new GP guidelines

There are concerns the treatment is overused, say dermatologists

Cryotherapy for basal cell carcinoma should be avoided in high-risk areas of the face, according to updated clinical guidelines released this week.

Cryotherapy on face

Cancer Council Australia’s clinical practice guidelines for keratinocyte skin cancers (formerly called non-melanoma skin cancers) have been updated — for the first time in more than a decade — and endorsed by the NHMRC. 

The cryotherapy section, written by dermatologists, states that the treatment can achieve equivalent outcomes to surgical excision in patients with small