- •Evidence before this study Initial excision of melanoma by GPs could lead to earlier diagnosis, but UK specialist opinion is strongly against GP melanoma excision. When a melanoma is excised in primary care both patients and practitioners can be made to feel that outcomes will be compromised. We reviewed existing UK guidelines and searched the worldwide literature and found little good evidence to support this view.
- •Added value of this study We compared mortality and morbidity outcomes for Scottish patients receiving initial melanoma excision in primary versus secondary care. We also present a pooled analysis with a comparable Irish data in the largest and most rigorous observational study yet conducted on this topic. We found no evidence that initial primary care excision of melanoma compromises patient outcomes.
- •Implications of all the available evidence Where melanomas are excised in primary care patients and practitioners can be reassured that there is no increased risk of death.
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