Malignant Melanoma is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer. Around 2,500 people die from Melanoma each year in the UK. Acral Lentiginous Melanoma accounts for up to 3% of all Melanomas and has a worse prognosis than Melanoma on other body sites. One of the main reasons for this is diagnostic delay.
As Allied Health Professionals, Podiatrists are in a unique position to pick up Acral Melanoma sooner. Being aware of the nail and skin changes associated with Melanoma and being able to use enhanced examination tools, principally Dermatoscopes, will undoubtedly expedite the referral of those patients to Dermatologists and thus improve survival.
This course consists of 5 topics that contain explanatory videos by Professor Christian Aldridge (Consultant Dermatologist), as well as recommended reading, clinical case scenarios and a final online exam of 10 multiple-choice questions. The structure of the programme is:
Once you successfully complete the course - and achieve the minimum pass rate of 50% - you will be awarded a downloadable 4 hour CPD certificate.
The purpose of this short, introductory course is to enhance your knowledge of the use of Dermoscopy to identify malignant skin lesions. On completion of this course, you will gain:
Practitioner confidence when assessing pigmented lesions in podiatry
A fuller and more prompt assessment of the patient in front of you