Intensive screening protocol boosts melanoma detection: Aus study

A model surveillance program for high-risk patients is likely cost-effective, researchers say

Implementing an intensive, technology-based melanoma surveillance program in GP skin clinics could lead to improved detection of primary melanoma without unnecessary excisions, a study suggests.

The value of full body examination of patients at very high risk of melanoma every six months was recently tested in a GP skin clinic and three dermatology clinics in NSW.

Some 593 patients (median age 58), most with a previous history of melanoma, were examined every six months using a hand-held dermoscopy device, comparison