Regional Australians lack access to dermatologists, leading to skin cancer risks

ABC News February 10, 2024, 03:00 AM UTC

Summary: Regional Australians face a higher risk of skin cancer but have limited access to dermatologists. Local GPs are stepping in to bridge the gap, with hundreds being trained to spot potential skin cancers. Melanoma researchers were named 2024 Australians of the Year, advocating for targeted skin cancer screening programs. Australia has 645 dermatologists for a population of 40,000 each, leading to a shortage in regional areas. Early detection is crucial for better health outcomes.

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