Prevention campaign against skin cancer

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serval:BIB_785F01A7B744
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Prevention campaign against skin cancer
Journal
Dermatology
Author(s)
Heinzerling  L. M., Dummer  R., Panizzon  R. G., Bloch  P. H., Barbezat  R., Burg  G.
ISSN
1018-8665 (Print)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2002
Volume
205
Number
3
Pages
229-33
Notes
Journal Article
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The melanoma incidence has increased over recent decades. Educational campaigns aim to encourage protection from the sun and early detection of melanoma. METHODS: During a campaign in Switzerland, information on risk factors, sun protection and melanoma prevention was distributed. 10987 people completed a questionnaire regarding risk factors, and 2746 people were examined by a dermatologist. RESULTS: Men had a higher risk as assessed by skin type, ultraviolet exposure, family history, number of moles and sunburns during childhood. Changes in moles were reported significantly more often by people with: (1). a positive family history (p < 0.0001); (2). multiple moles (p < 0.0001), and (3). sunburns during childhood (p < 0.0001). A precancerous or cancerous condition was suspected in 16% of individuals examined. CONCLUSION: Early detection of melanoma can be achieved by this type of campaign. Primary prevention is a long-term approach and educational efforts targeting risk groups must be continued.
Keywords
Female Health Promotion/*methods Humans Hutchinson's Melanotic Freckle/pathology/*prevention & control Male Melanoma/pathology/*prevention & control Questionnaires Risk Factors Sex Factors Skin Neoplasms/pathology/*prevention & control Switzerland
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Web of science
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25/01/2008 16:55
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