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RESEARCH ARTICLE (Open Access)

Melanoma follow up: time to generate the evidence

Drew Carter A C , Hossein Haji Ali Afzali A , Jackie Street A , Taryn Bessen A and Susan Neuhaus B
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A School of Population Health, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Email: hossein.hajialiafzali@adelaide.edu.au, jackie.street@adelaide.edu.au, taryn.bessen@adelaide.edu.au

B University of Adelaide Department of Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, SA 5000, Australia. Email: susanneuhaus@apsa.com.au

C Corresponding author. Email: drew.carter@adelaide.edu.au

Australian Health Review 37(4) 501-503 https://doi.org/10.1071/AH13096
Submitted: 12 February 2013  Accepted: 2 July 2013   Published: 10 September 2013

Abstract

Research is needed into current melanoma follow-up practices and their implications for patients and society. We highlight the need and suggest a way forward.


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