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Skin cancer/melanoma screening: the Euromelanoma experience

del Marmol, V.

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doi: 10.1097/01.cmr.0000382781.59429.d9
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Euromelanoma, represented by a ladybird on a European map, has been initiated in Belgium in 1999 and since 2000 this preventive action against melanoma has spread throughout Europe into 24 countries. During this campaign, a screening day is organized once a year in May. A unique questionnaire has been designed to evaluate the screenees and a European website has been initiated last year: Every year, a new theme is chosen and this year the priority had been given to the teenager, a particular difficult primary prevention task.

European melanoma epidemiology shows a high incidence of thick melanoma in the Eastern countries, which shows the need for an improved prevention in these countries and the interest of a European network for efficient preventive action.

What are the results of these campaigns? In some countries a decreased of mortality or modification of Breslow thickness has been showed until now. However, in some countries it has been shown that it is possible to focus and increase the awareness of some risk populations. The results of some countries will be presented.

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