The Italian Euromelanoma Day: evaluation of results and implications for future prevention campaigns

Authors

  • Mariano Suppa MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
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  • Gianfranco Altomare MD,

    1. Dermatological Clinic, IRCCS Galeazzi Hospital, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
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  • Serafinella P. Cannavò MD,

    1. Department of Territorial Social Medicine – Section of Dermatology, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
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  • Rodolfo Capizzi MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
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  • Caterina Catricalà MD,

    1. Department of Oncologic Dermatology, Santa Maria and San Gallicano Institute of Dermatology – IRCCS, Rome, Italy
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  • Enrico Colombo MD,

    1. Dermatology Unit, University of Piemonte Orientale, Maggiore della Carità Hospital, Novara, Italy
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  • Maria C. Fargnoli MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
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  • Barbara Fossati MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
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  • Pasquale Frascione MD,

    1. Department of Oncologic Dermatology, Santa Maria and San Gallicano Institute of Dermatology – IRCCS, Rome, Italy
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  • Paolo Lisi MD,

    1. Department of Medical and Surgical Specialities and Public Health, Section of Clinical, Allergological and Venereological Dermatology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
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  • Marcello Santini MD,

    1. Section of Dermatology, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
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  • Massimiliano Scalvenzi MD,

    1. Department of Dermatology, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy
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  • Ketty Peris MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Dermatology, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
    • Correspondence

      Dr Ketty Peris, md

      Department of Dermatology University of L'Aquila, Via Vetoio Coppito 2 – 67100 L'Aquila, Italy

      E-mail: ketty.peris@univaq.it

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  • Italian investigators for the Euromelanoma prevention campaign

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    • Paolo Amerio (Chieti); Ambra Antonini (L'Aquila); Nicola Aste (Cagliari); Fabrizio Ayala (Naples); Maria Grazia Bernengo (Turin); Maria Rita Bongiorno (Palermo); Giovanni Borroni (Pavia); Ugo Bottoni (Catanzaro); Pier Giacomo Calzavara-Pinton (Brescia); Germana Camplone (Rome); Sergio Chimenti (Rome); Carlo Crosti (Milan); Santino Dattola (Reggio Calabria); Mario Delfino (Naples); Paolo Fabbri (Florence); Pier Alessandro Fanti (Bologna); Giorgio Filosa (Jesi); Dimitra Kostaki (L'Aquila); Silvano Menni (Milan); Giuseppe Micali (Catania); Nicola Mozzillo (Naples); Robert JT van der Leest (Rotterdam); Gino Antonio Vena (Bari).


  • Funding sources: Almirall, Avène, Bionike, Coolibar, Isdin, La Roche-Posay.Conflicts of interest: None to declare.

Abstract

Background

Melanoma incidence/mortality is increasing worldwide. “Euromelanoma Day” is a pan-European campaign for skin cancer prevention. Results of the 2010 Euromelanoma Day in Italy are reported herein.

Materials and methods

A questionnaire was used to collect data on participants' characteristics and suspected skin cancers.

Result

A total of 1085 participants was screened (64.1% females, median age 44 years). Suspicion rate, detection rate, and positive predictive values for melanoma were 1.3, 0.28 and 21.4%, respectively. Poorly educated, ≥35 years old, pale-skinned males were at higher risk for skin cancer than highly educated, <35 years old, darker-skinned females, although the latter groups reported sun-seeking behaviors. Full skin examination and dermoscopy were performed in 85.5 and 79.2% of participants.

Conclusions

The 2010 Italian Euromelanoma Day produced good results in terms of melanoma detection/suspicion rates, likely due to the extensive use of full clinical and dermoscopic examinations. The campaign failed to attract many high-risk individuals. Targeted communication strategies are needed to this regard.

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