Journal article

SKIN EXAMINATION FOR SIGNS OF CANCER

R BORLAND, JW MEEHAN

Australian Journal of Public Health | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC | Published : 1995

Abstract

Doctors sometimes examine or suggest examination of the skin for signs of skin cancer, and self-examination of the skin has been promoted in some public education materials. A representative sample of 590 residents of Victoria was asked whether they or their doctors had ever deliberately checked for signs of skin cancer, and whether their doctors had ever suggested such a check. Respondents also indicated their skin type by degree of freckling and propensity to sunburn. The results suggest that females have a higher level of skin awareness than males. People prone to sunburn and heavily freckled individuals were more likely to have checked their skin, and doctors were more likely to have sug..

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