Title: Melanoma screening: results of the first one-day campaign in Belgium ('melanoma Monday')
Authors: Vandaele, M M ×
Richert, B
Van der Endt, J D
Boyden, B
Brochez, L
del Marmol, V
De Boulle, K
Garmyn, Maria
Laporte, M
Maselis, I
Pirard, C
Roseeuw, D
Schramme, M
Tromme, I #
Issue Date: Nov-2000
Series Title: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV vol:14 issue:6 pages:470-2
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Although the incidence of melanoma is increasing and many informative campaigns have been organized. The general population is still little informed about this tumour. AIMS: To organize a media campaign, with more relevant information and the opportunity for free skin inspections. METHODS: A 'Task Force' organized a media campaign in April 1999 and convinced 65% of the Belgian dermatologists to give up 4 h of their time to do free skin examinations for skin cancer on Monday 26 April 1999; it was called 'Melanoma Monday'. RESULTS: A total 2767 patients were screened. We found 25 melanomas and suspected 59 basal cell carcinomas. In the following 4 weeks another 141 melanomas were found. These 166 melanomas found in one month represent 15-20% of the total number of melanomas per year in Belgium. SUMMARY: A media campaign with relevant information combined with screening opportunities can lead to the early detection of melanomas in a large number of patients and can continue to alert people at risk in the following weeks.
ISSN: 0926-9959
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Dermatology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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