The Italian Euromelanoma Day: evaluation of results and implications for future prevention campaigns

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Abstract

Background

Melanoma incidence/mortality is increasing worldwide. “Euromelanoma Day” is a pan-European campaign for skin cancer prevention. Results of the 2010 Euromelanoma Day in Italy are reported herein.

Materials and methods

A questionnaire was used to collect data on participants' characteristics and suspected skin cancers.

Result

A total of 1085 participants was screened (64.1% females, median age 44 years). Suspicion rate, detection rate, and positive predictive values for melanoma were 1.3, 0.28 and 21.4%, respectively. Poorly educated, ≥35 years old, pale-skinned males were at higher risk for skin cancer than highly educated, <35 years old, darker-skinned females, although the latter groups reported sun-seeking behaviors. Full skin examination and dermoscopy were performed in 85.5 and 79.2% of participants.

Conclusions

The 2010 Italian Euromelanoma Day produced good results in terms of melanoma detection/suspicion rates, likely due to the extensive use of full clinical and dermoscopic examinations. The campaign failed to attract many high-risk individuals. Targeted communication strategies are needed to this regard.

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