Skin checks and skin cancer diagnosis in Australian general practice before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2011–2020

J. Roseleur, D. A. Gonzalez-Chica, J. Emery, N. P. Stocks

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Abstract

Dear Editor, Reports from several European countries suggest that COVID-19 had a profound impact on referral for cancer diagnoses. A Dutch study using their National Cancer Registry reported that skin cancer diagnosis fell by 60% 6 weeks after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified in the Netherlands, while for other cancer types, rates of diagnosis fell by 26%. In the UK, reductions of 56% for referrals of all skin cancers and 53% in diagnoses for skin cancers were reported, with similar results found in one Australian state...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-855
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume185
Issue number4
Early online date19 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Skin screening
  • skin cancers
  • melanoma
  • COVID-19

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