Prevention and early detection of skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer form in Sweden, as well as in many parts of the western society. Finding effective strategies for early detection and to prevent the development of skin cancers is therefore of paramount importance.

Läkare undersöker leverfläck med förstoringsglas

My research focuses mainly on skin cancer prevention, including sun habits, sun protection and risk communication. In my thesis”Towards a broader use of phototesting – in research, clinical practice and skin cancer prevention”, I studied how phototesting (measurement of ultraviolet sensitivity in the skin) can be further developed. I also looked at how to work preventively against skin cancer in primary care.

I am a general practitioner and associate professor in general medicine, having my clinical assignment at Kärna primary healthcare centre in Linköping, also working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University.

Alongside my main field of research, I am also involved in several other projects with emphasis on primary care / family medicine, including research on elderly, global health, and gastrointestinal diseases, among others, and is the supervisor for several PhD students. 



Eva Anskär, Malou Lindberg, Magnus Falk, Agneta Andersson

Time utilization and perceived psychosocial work environment among staff in Swedish primary care settings

In BMC Health Services Research

Article in journal


Johan Lyth, Magnus Falk, M. Maroti, H. Eriksson, C. Ingvar

Prognostic risk factors of first recurrence in patients with primary stages I-II cutaneous malignant melanoma - from the population-based Swedish melanoma register

In Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Article in journal


Zlatica Rendek, Magnus Falk, Ewa Grodzinsky, Karl Wahlin, Stergios Kechagias, Rikard Svernlöv, Henrik Hjortswang

Effect of oral diclofenac intake on faecal calprotectin

In Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology

Article in journal


Towards a broader use of phototesting: in research, clinical practice and skin cancer prevention

Authors: Magnus Falk

Publ 2007
Type Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary
To publication


  • 1998 Degree of Medical Doctor
  • 2001 Medical License
  • 2006 Specialist in General Practice
  • 2007 PhD
  • 2014 Docent in General Practice
  • 2017 Ass. Professor


Education assignments

Besides PhD student supervision I am also involved in the Linköping University Medical School, in the FORSS regional research course for postgraduate students and in a course in telephone counseling for nurses. I also teach at the District Nurse Specialist education.


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