GPs' initial assessments.

Researchers said that it would have been just a visual inspection at the doctor's, following a review of evidence from the University of Birmingham.

Dermoscope – for their assessment and improved diagnoses.

Cancer, "the report said.

However, in a real world setting, most patients would be referred to as being uncertain.

The success rates of different assessment methods were assessed as part of a Cochrane review, a gold standard appraisal of medical evidence to date.

"Lead author Dr Jac Dinnes told The Independent, Although most of the research is done in a specialist setting.

"It's not that easy."

"But that's just one check, and when we talk about primary care people are going to go back."

The review is significant given the rising rates of skin cancer worldwide. In the UK there are around 16,000 new cases every year, a figure that has been increased by the 1990s according to Cancer Research UK.

The Cochrane review looks at an array of diagnostic methods for skin cancers.

The study said GP diagnosis of skin cancers could be improved by using dermoscopes and by sending images to dermatologists for assessment.

The review also claims that they have been considered to be significantly underestimated.

Dermoscope images of moles to assist with the identification of a doctor more than cancers.

However, such systems "produce more false positive diagnoses than dermoscopy and could lead to significant increases in unnecessary surgery", which could create more costs for the NHS.

"Dr Dinnes added." Dr Dinnes added: "Early and accurate detection of all skin cancer types is essential to manage the disease and to improve survival rates in melanoma, especially given the rate of skin cancer worldwide."

Inappropriate referrals for specialist assessment and inappropriate excision of benign skin lesions are kept to a minimum . "