Intended for healthcare professionals

GP perspective on the diagnosis and management of actinic keratosis

The diagnosis and management of skin ‘lesions’ have become a priority area since the introduction of the two-week wait policy for cancer. This has caused concern among many in dermatology as it could lead to compromises in the care of patients with chronic inflammatory dermatoses, which often have a profound effect on quality of life. Therefore, it is important that GPs improve their skills in diagnosing both pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions to avoid swamping consultant clinics with unnecessary referrals. Once confidence is gained in diagnosis, GPs should then move on to firstline management of suitable conditions.
Dermatology in practice 2002; 10(4): 6–8
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