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Nurses need to improve their knowledge of skin cancer

Relevant training and education would help nurses to pick up early signs of skin cancer and offer patients advice, says specialist nurse Liza Mitchell-Worsfold

Relevant training and education would help nurses to pick up early signs of skin cancer and offer patients advice, says specialist nurse Liza Mitchell-Worsfold

While giving classes on skin cancer to nursing students, nurses, healthcare support workers and allied healthcare professionals, it has become apparent to me that many of them are not aware of the most common types of skin cancer. They are also unaware of how skin cancer can develop or what to look out for on the skin.

There is limited knowledge on how to educate patients about the risk of developing skin cancer, and how to try to prevent it.

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