Skin Cancer Surveillance in newly diagnosed CLL ... Mayo Clinic study

Skin Cancer Surveillance in newly diagnosed CLL ... Mayo Clinic study

This is a small study of CLL patients living around the Mayo Clinic during the period 2004 to 2012.

'Collectively, 113 individuals who met criteria were diagnosed with CLL during the study interval. Forty-one patients (36%) had a whole body skin examination by either a dermatologist or primary care provider documented within 6 months of diagnosis; of these; nine (8% of overall cohort; 22% of examined patients) had a skin malignancy identified.

Fifteen additional skin malignancies were diagnosed during follow-up. There were a total of 24 skin malignancies (21% of cohort) diagnosed, including basal cell carcinoma (n = 10), squamous cell carcinoma (n = 11), sebaceous carcinomas (n = 2), and melanoma (n = 1).'

Guideline compliance for screening for skin cancers was found to be low.

Abstract...

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  • A worryingly high percentage. Focussed my mind particularly as I'm off on holiday soon (not that I ever actively sunbathe anyway).

    Thanks for important reminder Chris.

    Newdawn

  • I think skin cancers in CLL has more to do with our poor immune systems than the sun, but wide brim hats are the order of the day... Happy Holidays!

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