535 Primary And Secondary Prevention In Malignant Skin Lesions

Author(s): 
B Lorenzi 1, F Teixeira 1, M Feiteira 1, S Gonzalez 2
1 Centro De Saúde De Albufeira- Portugal
2 Centro de Saúde de Lagos - Portugal
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Justification
Malignant skin lesions prevalence has increased during the last decades. Improving early detection of skin cancers (namely melanomas) is a major challenge in general practice. In fact, the prognosis of these cancers is based upon the staging of the lesion at the time of initial treatment.
Method The authors made a bibliographical research on recent literature and web resources, focusing the clinical diagnostic.
Review Skin malignant lesions development is bound to lifestyle and to genetically transmitted skin pigmentation. Last decades have seen an increase of such lesions – mainly melanoma – that mostly interest middle aged people; its early diagnosis is fundamental for good prognosis. General Practitioners have an important role in preventive counselling and, at the same time, in early detection of malignant lesions: differential diagnosis between those and common benignant nevi is an everyday general practice task.
Conclusion
Both preventive counselling and identification of skin malignant lesions are of huge importance in general practice, considering the lethality of some of these pathologies. Keywords Malignant skin lesion; early detection.
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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PREVENTION IN MALIGNANT SKIN LESIONS