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[Podcast] How to diagnose skin cancers of the nail

By Skin Cancer Institute |December 16, 2021

Welcome to this podcast series, Conversations with Professor David Wilkinson! In this episode, Prof David Wilkinson (Chief Medical Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres) speaks with Prof Luc Thomas (Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France) about how to manage skin cancers of the nail, with a particular focus on their diagnosis.


Listen to the full podcast now:



In this insightful podcast, Prof Thomas shares his expert advice and top tips on how to make an initial diagnosis of nail skin cancers and nail melanomas, including examination and features to look for.

Prof Thomas speaks about differentiating cancers like squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma of the nail from nail fungal infections.


"The most common tumour of the nail is squamous cell carcinoma, and this condition is underestimated."


The podcast also covers how to biopsy conditions of the nail, including how to perform dermoscopy on the nail to support diagnosis.

Hear all this and much more in the full podcast above.


Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. Prior to taking up the role as Chief Medical Officer with National Skin Cancer Centres, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University for eight years, and before that was Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland (UQ) for nine years. Since 2004, David’s clinical work has focused on skin cancer medicine in primary care. He has published research papers on the topic, designed and led development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert. He has taught almost 7,000 GPs the basics of skin cancer medicine in primary care.

Professor Luc Thomas' main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002. He presents in the HealthCert Professional Diploma program in Dermoscopy.

Topics: Skin Cancer, skin cancer diagnosis

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