Pilot project in Sligo for diagnosis, treatment of skin cancer

A new pilot project for the treatment of skin cancer has started at Sligo University Hospital.

The project, in conjunction with the National Cancer Control Programme, allows GPs to send photos when making referrals to the hospital.

Doctors will be able to photograph a suspected melanoma and send images electronically by Healthlink, which is the electronic system used by GPs to make referrals to Cancer Services.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer with more than 1,000 cases diagnosed in Ireland every year.

The pilot project is being led by Dr Dermot McKenna, consultant dermatologist at Sligo University Hospital.

He has been telling Ocean FM News the advantages of using photographs when referring patients for treatment.