|Reference : Melanoma screening: results of the first one-day campaign in Belgium (‘Melanoma Monday’)|
|Scientific journals : Article|
|Human health sciences : Dermatology|
|Melanoma screening: results of the first one-day campaign in Belgium (‘Melanoma Monday’)|
|Vandaele, M. [ > > ]|
|Richert, Bertrand [Université de Liège - ULg > > Dermatologie >]|
|Van der Endt, J. M. [ > > ]|
|Boyden, B. [ > > ]|
|Brochez, L. [ > > ]|
|Del Marmol, V. [ > > ]|
|De Boulle, K. [ > > ]|
|Garmyn, M. [ > > ]|
|Laporte, M. [ > > ]|
|Maselis, T. [ > > ]|
|Pirard, Chr [ > > ]|
|Roseeuw, D. [ > > ]|
|Schramme, M. [ > > ]|
|Tromme, I. [ > > ]|
|Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology|
|[en] media campaign ; melanoma ; screening|
Although the incidence of melanoma is increasing and many informative campaigns have been organized. The general population is still little informed about this tumour.
To organize a media campaign, with more relevant information and the opportunity for free skin inspections.
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’.
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.
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.
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