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Østerlind A; Stender, I M; Heinävaara, S
Melanoma Research: February 1997
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A survey of public knowledge about naevi, melanoma/ skin cancer and sunscreens was undertaken in Denmark at a time when no public awareness campaign had taken place. A total of 339 study subjects, aged 13-79 years, was recruited at our dermatology outpatient clinic, and data were collected by a self-administered questionnaire. The study group differed from the population in that females and the younger age groups were over-represented. A knowledge score was calculated. Males, the oldest age group and those with shortest school education were less knowledgeable. The study revealed several points of public uncertainty and ignorance with regard to early signs of melanoma and risk factors, which need to be emphasized in future public education.

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