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

Mariano Suppa, Gianfranco Altomare, Serafinella P. Cannavò, Rodolfo Capizzi, Caterina Catricalà, Enrico Colombo, Maria C. Fargnoli, Barbara Fossati, Pasquale Frascione, Paolo Lisi, Marcello Santini, Massimiliano Scalvenzi, Ketty Peris

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
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RivistaInternational Journal of Dermatology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • melanoma


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