Evaluation of the National Swiss Skin Cancer Screening Campaign 2013: Do We Do the Right Thing?

Braun, Ralph-Peter; Ulrich, Karina; Hunger, Robert; Gaide, Olivier; Arnold, Andreas; Merat, Rastine; Dummer, Reinhard; Hafner, Jürg; French, Lars E; Cozzio, Antonio (2017). Evaluation of the National Swiss Skin Cancer Screening Campaign 2013: Do We Do the Right Thing? Dermatology, 233(5), pp. 404-409. Karger 10.1159/000484946

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BACKGROUND Skin cancer prevention and screening programs are performed in many countries. Their benefit is discussed controversially. OBJECTIVE Our aim is to evaluate the Skin Cancer Screening Program 2013 in Switzerland by following up screenees upon interventions. METHODS Quality was assessed by personal follow-up via phone/e-mail of every patient that had been screened during this campaign and histological follow-up of all participants with suspicious skin lesions. RESULTS Of the 1,087 screenees requiring interventions, 263 agreed to participate in the follow-up. We were able to obtain 66 histology reports. During this campaign 33 malignant lesions (8 melanomas) were removed. CONCLUSION The overall melanoma detection rate in our free Skin Cancer Screening Program is comparable to those in European public activities. The costs of free screening programs compare favorably with the prevented potential therapeutic costs of late-stage melanoma. The low response rate of screenees agreeing to be followed up limits conclusions of this study.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Dermatology

UniBE Contributor:

Hunger, Robert

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1018-8665

Publisher:

Karger

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandra Nyffenegger

Date Deposited:

29 Jan 2018 16:27

Last Modified:

15 Dec 2018 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1159/000484946

PubMed ID:

29237168

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Basal cell carcinoma Euromelanoma Melanoma Secondary prevention Skin cancer Skin cancer screening

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.110224

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/110224

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