The first skin cancer screening day at the Italian parliament: A Euromelanoma initiative

Mariano Suppa, Luca Neri, Luca Bianchi, Rodolfo Capizzi, Angelo Carbone, Caterina Catricalà, Sergio Chimenti, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Barbara Fossati, Pasquale Frascione, Ketty Peris

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Background: The effort to decrease incidence/mortality of skin cancer should target not only the general public but also politicians and decision makers, to create a proper health policy. We report the results of the first Skin Cancer Screening Day at the Italian Parliament, organized to draw politicians' attention on skin cancer. Methods: A questionnaire was used to collect data on participants' characteristics and suspected skin cancers. Results: We screened 70 members of parliament (61.4% males, median age 54 years). Overall skin cancer suspicion rate was 14.5%. Suspicion rate, detection rate, and positive predictive values for melanoma were respectively 1.6, 1.6, and 100%, and for basal cell carcinoma 6.5, 1.6, and 25%. Highly educated,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)


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