Journal article

Presentation and detection of invasive melanoma in a high-risk population

M McPherson, M Elwood, DR English, PD Baade, PH Youl, JF Aitken

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Early detection of melanoma has been encouraged in Queensland for many years, yet little is known about the patterns of detection and the way in which they relate to tumor thickness. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to describe current patterns of melanoma detection in Queensland. METHODS: This was a population-based study, comprising 3772 Queensland residents diagnosed with a histologically confirmed melanoma between 2000 and 2003. RESULTS: Almost half (44.0%) of the melanomas were detected by the patients themselves, with physicians detecting one fourth (25.3%) and partners one fifth (18.6%). Melanomas detected by doctors were more likely to be thin (<0.75 mm) than those detected by ..

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