GP questioned for not ordering excision biopsy before cancer death

GP has been questioned over his decision not to order a biopsy of a skin lesion in a woman who later died of a malignant melanoma.

Dr Mark Spring’s decision after he removed the lesion from 60-year-old Susan Lovell’s calf meant there was no way of knowing if it was the source of the cancer that claimed her life three years later, a coroner declared.

The Melbourne GP was influenced by the fact that 11 months earlier, a dermatologist had diagnosed the lesion as seborrhoetic keratosis.

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