Brief questions highlight the need for melanoma information campaigns

Janet A. Foote, Catherine M. Poole

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Abstract

Melanoma awareness was briefly assessed at walk/runs held simultaneously in Philadelphia PA, Phoenix AZ, and Seattle WA. Of the participants, 75 % (1521) answered short questions during event registration. Among 1,036 respondents aged 14 years and older, 66 % reported knowing melanoma warning signs. Significantly more respondents with melanoma family history reported having a physician-administered skin exam and knowing warning signs. More than one third of walk/run participants reported no definitive melanoma warning sign knowledge. Self-reported melanoma awareness and detection indices were lowest among Phoenix participants; the event city with the greatest annual sun exposure. Educational efforts for melanoma awareness are critically needed. Selected results of this project were presented in a poster forum at the 2006 Congress for Epidemiology meeting held in Seattle, WA (June 2006).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-616
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Community
  • Health behavior
  • Melanoma
  • Prevention
  • Rays, ultraviolet
  • Skin neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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