Skin cancer – risk factors, diagnosis and therapy

Skin cancers are a large, heterogeneous group of diseases. Although they are usually characterized by local aggressiveness, some of them, especially melanomas, can lead to the patient’s death. The Melanoma Diagnostic and Treatment Centre has been created at the University Clinical Centre in Gdańsk, where patients are provided with multi-specialist care. The dermatologists Michał Sobjanek and Martyna Sławińska from the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology at the Medical University of Gdańsk diagnose melanoma, especially its early forms, and monitor patients after the diagnosis.

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Their scientific interests focus, among other things, on studying the molecular basis of inflammatory and neoplastic diseases of the skin, including basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common malignant skin tumour. Their research may contribute to the development of new anti-cancer drugs in the future. The researchers are also working on new applications of dermoscopy in diagnosing cancerous lesions.

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