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Magnus Falk

Senior Associate Professor

The fact that the sun has both beneficial and harmful effects makes skin cancer prevention particularly challenging to study. How do you get "sun thirsty" Scandinavians to take better precaution when in the sun?

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. 

About me


  • 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, mainly teaching in the fields of general practice and patient-doctor consultation




Panagiotis Papachristou, My Söderholm, Jon Pallon, Marina Taloyan, Sam Polesie, John Paoli, Chris Anderson, Magnus Falk (2024) Evaluation of an artificial intelligence-based decision support for the detection of cutaneous melanoma in primary care: a prospective real-life clinical trial British Journal of Dermatology Continue to DOI
Sofie Knipping, Elke Ter Haar, Hans Alkemade, Ewald Bronkhorst, Magnus Falk, Kevin Hueskes, Carla Nij Bijvank, Saskia Spillekom-van Koulil, Satish Lubeek (2024) Translation and Validation of the Dutch Version of the Sun Exposure and Protection Index (SEPI) Dermatology, Vol. 240, p. 282-290 Continue to DOI


Zlatica Rendek, Magnus Falk, Ewa Grodzinsky, Stergios Kechagias, Henrik Hjortswang (2023) Oral omeprazole and diclofenac intake is associated with increased faecal calprotectin levels: a randomised open-label clinical trial European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepathology, Vol. 35, p. 52-58 Continue to DOI
Zlatica Rendek, Magnus Falk, Ewa Grodzinsky, Stergios Kechagias, Henrik Hjortswang (2023) Diagnostic value of fecal calprotectin in primary care patients with gastrointestinal symptoms: A retrospective Swedish cohort study JGH OPEN, Vol. 7, p. 708-716 Continue to DOI
Jonatan Helenason, Christoffer Ekstrom, Magnus Falk, Panagiotis Papachristou (2023) Exploring the feasibility of an artificial intelligence based clinical decision support system for cutaneous melanoma detection in primary care - a mixed method study Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care Continue to DOI