Table 2.

Site of surgery according to type of skin cancer and specialty

Skin cancer typeSiteGPs, % (n)Dermatologists, % (n)Plastic surgeons, % (n)
BCCHead and neck53.0 (141)71.8 (214)83.9 (120)
Anterior trunk18.0 (48)10.1 (30)4.9 (7)
Posterior trunk15.0 (40)7.4 (22)2.8 (4)
Lower limb8.3 (22)5.4 (16)3.5 (5)
Upper limb5.6 (15)5.4 (16)4.9 (7)
SCCHead and neck47.7 (42)65.7 (44)79.3 (23)
Anterior trunk3.4 (3)1.5 (1)3.4 (1)
Posterior trunk5.7 (5)6.0 (4)0.0 (0)
Lower limb18.2 (16)16.4 (11)10.3 (3)
Upper limb25.0 (22)10.4 (7)6.9 (2)
MMHead and neck0.0 (0)30.0 (6)57.1 (4)
Anterior trunk23.1 (6)20.0 (4)14.3 (1)
Posterior trunk15.4 (4)10.0 (2)0.0 (0)
Lower limb38.5 (10)20.0 (4)0.0 (0)
Upper limb23.1 (6)20.0 (4)28.6 (2)
Total biopsies380385179
  • BCC = basal cell carcinoma. MM = malignant melanoma. SCC = squamous cell carcinoma.