GP melanoma burden doubles in a decade

Excisions increased from 10,000 in 2003-4 to 19,000 2013-14
Melanoma

GPs are excising almost twice as many melanomas than a decade ago, reflecting the rising burden of the disease, researchers say.

The number of excisions performed by GPs (Medicare items 31300-335) increased from 10,000 in 2003-4 to almost 19,000 in 2013-14, according to Medicare data analysed by dermatologists at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.