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Can melanoma therapy change attitudes toward prevention and tanning?

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  • Radmila Konkolova,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Hospital Bulovka, Prague, Czech Republic
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  • Doc Hana Provaznikova,

    1. Department of Center of Preventive Medicine, Division of the Health of Children and Youth, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
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  • Anna Jirakova,

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    1. Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Hospital Bulovka, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Anna Jiráková, MD, PhD, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, 2ndFaculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Hospital Bulovka, Prague 180 00, Czech Republic, or email: annajirakova@seznam.cz.

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  • Jana Hercogova

    1. Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Second Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and Hospital Bulovka, Prague, Czech Republic
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Abstract

Malignant melanoma is the most lethal skin cancer whose incidence is increasing worldwide. Important is knowledge of risk factors, early diagnosis, long-term follow-up on confirmed melanoma cases and prevention. In this study, we tested melanoma patients' attitudes toward solar radiation and perception of the value of follow-up. The present cross-sectional epidemiological study was carried out in a group of patients diagnosed with stage I and II of malignant melanoma (n = 124). They were monitored for at least 1 year. The research was carried out by anonymous questionnaire. The results revealed that the respondents welcomed the opportunity of follow-up care. Its benefits were said to outweigh the inconvenience of repeated checkups. However, the esthetic importance of a suntan was still considered quite high. Substantial reserve was found in the use of sunscreen. The need for wide public education and the protection against excessive contact with solar radiation is evident. Regular monitoring seems to be just as important.

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