S2.E1: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
BCCs are one of the keratinocyte carcinomas, the other being SCC. These are cancers that arise from keratinocytes, the cells that make up a vast majority of the epidermis. BCCs are the most common type of skin cancer. In fact, BCCs are the most common type of cancer, period. To give you some perspective, in Australia, the incidence of keratinocyte carcinomas, BCCs and SCCs, is five times all other cancers combined.
It is estimated that 70% of Australians will have at least one skin cancer by the time they reach age 70.
Our guest specialist for this episode is Dr Michelle Goh, a consultant dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute, where she works in the Skin Cancer Assessment and Transplant Dermatology Clinics. Michelle is without a doubt one of the busiest and most experienced dermatologists in Melbourne. She is the current Victorian examiner for the Australasian College of Dermatologists and has consulting positions at several hospitals, including the Skin Health Institute, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, The Austin, The Alfred, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Her areas of interest are complex skin cancers especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, cutaneous adverse reactions to drugs including immunotherapy, and biologics therapy in inflammatory skin disease.
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- Mohs Surgery at the Skin Health Institute
- Humerus Hacks, an excellent podcast series for medical students
- Learn Derm podcasts for dermatologists and dermatology registrars (US based)
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