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F. Grange, A.S. Woronoff, R. Bera, M. Colomb, B. Lavole, E. Fournier, F. Arnold and C. Barbe Efficacy of a general practitioner training campaign for early detection of melanoma in France British Journal of Dermatology 170

Article first published online: 13 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12585

What's already known about this topic?

  • Many secondary prevention campaigns in various countries have failed to show a decrease of either melanoma-related mortality and/or incidence of thick melanomas.
  • No strategy for improving early diagnosis has been evaluated so far on a population basis in France.

What does this study add?

  • A general practitioner (GP) training campaign was carried out by dermatologists in a French pilot region including 1·34 million inhabitants and 1241 general practitioners.
  • A significant 34% decrease in the incidence of very thick melanomas (Breslow thickness ≥ 3 mm) occurred after the campaign in the target region, along with a decrease in the mean Breslow thickness and an increase in the proportions of thin and in situ melanomas. No variation was observed in a control area where no secondary prevention campaign was conducted.

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