Cutaneous signs of systemic disease


Developed in collaboration with the University of Auckland Goodfellow Unit in 2007.

Author: Hon A/Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2009.  

Images have been sourced from the following:

  • Hon Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley
  • The Department of Dermatology, Health Waikato
  • Prof Raimo Suhonen (Finland)

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Signs of malignancy


Learning objectives

  • Recognise potential cutaneous signs of malignancy

Signs of internal malignancy

A group of rare cutaneous disorders are associated with internal cancer and are considered paraneoplastic syndromes. However, benign variants are more common for many of these conditions.

Malignancy as a sign of internal disease

Some malignant skin tumours may indicate the presence of an internal cancer.


Look for cutaneous signs of malignancy in your patients with cancer.

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