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L.J. Titus, K. Clough-Gorr, T.A. Mackenzie, A. Perry, S.K. Spencer, J. Weiss, S. Abrahams-Gessel and M.S. Ernstoff Recent skin self-examination and doctor visits in relation to melanoma risk and tumour depth British Journal of Dermatology 168

Version of Record online: 5 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12003

What’s already known about this topic?

  •  Previous studies, most of which were clinic based, suggested that skin self-examination was associated with reduced risk of melanoma and of deeper melanoma tumours.

What does this study add?

  •  This study was population based.
  •  We assessed melanoma risk and melanoma tumour depth in relation to the frequency of skin self-examination during the year prior to melanoma diagnosis.
  •  We also assessed skin self-examination in relation to self-detection of the melanoma.

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