Internet based health promotion campaign against skin cancer - Results of www.skincheck.ch in Switzerland

Barysch, Marjam-Jeanette; Cozzio, Antonio; Kolm, Isabel; Hrdlicka, Susanne Ruf; Brand, Christoph; Hunger, Robert; Kreyden, Oliver; Schaffner, Reto; Zaugg, Thomas; Dummer, Reinhard (2010). Internet based health promotion campaign against skin cancer - Results of www.skincheck.ch in Switzerland. European journal of dermatology EJD, 20(1), pp. 109-14. Montrouge: John Libbey Eurotext 10.1684/ejd.2010.0827

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Conventional skin cancer prevention programs appeal to limited populations, and the middle aged male population responds less frequently. Our objective was to establish a complementary health promotion campaign tool for skin cancer prevention. Internet-based education, instruction for self assessment and teledermatological evaluation of skin lesions by an expert commission of dermatologists was used. Compliance and clinical diagnosis was assessed in a subgroup. 12,000 users visited the educational website. There was strong interest among the middle aged male population (53% (N = 262): male; mean age: 42). 28.5% of examined lesions (N = 494) were considered suspicious. Email requests, sent to the group whose lesions where considered suspicious, were answered by 46.0% of females (N = 29) and 59.7% of males (N = 46) with a female distribution predominantly in younger ages (52.6% of females with known age: < 30 years). Males were predominantly represented over 30 years (86.2% of all males). According to user's declarations, at least 8 (8.5%) malignant lesions (1 melanoma in situ, 1 squamous cell carcinoma, 4 basal cell carcinomas, 2 malignant lesions without declared diagnosis) were finally diagnosed by physicians. We conclude that internet-based, interactive, educational programs, in addition to existing health promotion campaigns, can enhance public participation in the middle aged male population in skin cancer prevention.

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

ISSN:

1167-1122

Publisher:

John Libbey Eurotext

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:07

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 19:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1684/ejd.2010.0827

PubMed ID:

19825529

Web of Science ID:

000274218000017

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/198 (FactScience: 196881)

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