Enhancing the early detection of melanoma within current guidelines
Queensland has the highest reported incidence of malignant melanoma in the world, and early detection offers the possibility of reducing the burden of this cancer in the short term. We report on a survey of 995 residents of the Gold Coast, Queensland, regarding behavioural aspects of the early detection of skin cancer. Survey results suggest that although many people report some form of skin examination behaviour, by either checking their own skin, having another nonmedical person check their skin, or by going to their general practitioner for a skin check, much of this activity may be inadequate. They indicate that current early detection could be enhanced by encouraging individuals and general practitioners to extend the coverage of the examinations they already conduct.