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Prévention du mélanome en Suisse: où en sommes-nous [Melanoma prevention in Switzerland: where do we stand?]
Revue médicale suisse
Publication types: English Abstract ; Journal Article - Publication Status: ppublish
Over the last 50 years, skin cancer rates (particularly melanoma) have markedly increased in Caucasian populations. Switzerland, with some 1,600 cases of, and 220 deaths from, malignant melanoma per year has among the highest rates in Europe. This public health issue, affecting relatively young people, has led to primary and secondary nationwide prevention campaigns being carried out for nearly 20 years. Observed changes in sun protection knowledge and attitudes have yet to impact on incidence trend. Early detection has resulted in a large increase in rates of thin melanoma with little change in rates of thick melanoma. Mortality has levelled off and a recent decrease, especially in women, cannot be ruled out. The efficiency of prevention campaigns should soon become more blatant if current efforts persist.
Humans, Melanoma, Skin Neoplasms, Switzerland
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