Updating the rules for skin cancer checks
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You benefit from preventing skin cancer before it can get started.Cancer Council Australia this week announced changes to its melanoma diagnosis guidelines for doctors.The previous guidelines were based on the ABCD method, with doctors assessing asymmetry, border, colour and diameter.But now they're being asked to also add the EFG assessment — looking at elevation, firmness and growth.
The guideline change means a change in public health messaging.
Until now, public health messages about skin cancer haven't warned about paler, less obvious lesions."Typically, a lot of people assume, wrongly, that melanomas are associated with dark pigmented moles," said Chris Mc Millan, the CEO of Cancer Council Queensland.
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