Journal article

Patient understanding of moles and skin cancer, and factors influencing presentation in primary care: a qualitative study

Fiona M Walter, Elka Humphrys, Simon Tso, Margaret Johnson, Simon Cohn

BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Melanoma incidence in the UK has doubled over two decades, yet there is conflicting evidence about factors which prompt or delay patients seeking advice. AIM: To explore patient understanding of pigmented skin lesions (moles) and skin cancer, and factors which influence seeking help in primary care. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews with forty MoleMate Trial participants, analysed using the theoretical framework of the Safer-Andersen model of Total Patient Delay. RESULTS: Patient understanding and awareness was influenced by personal, family and friends' experiences of moles, skin cancer and other cancers, knowledge of risk factors, and the lay media. The route to consulting was..

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