Frequency of excisions and yields of malignant skin tumors in a population-based screening intervention of 360 288 whole-body examinations

Annika Waldmann*, Sandra Nolte, Alan C. Geller, Alexander Katalinic, Martin A. Weinstock, Beate Volkmer, Ruediger Greinert, Eckhard W. Breitbart

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the frequency of excisions and yields of histopathologically confirmed skin cancer. Design : A population-based skin cancer screening intervention (the SCREEN project) in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein (July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004). Setting: Physician offices. Participants could choose between nondermatologist physicians and dermatologists for their initial whole-body skin examination. All screening physicians received a mandatory 8-hour training course. Participants: Inhabitants of Schleswig-Holstein 20 years or older with statutory health insurance (N=360 288). Main Outcome Measures: Frequency of excisions and yields of malignant skin tumors (malignant melanomas [MMs], basal cell carcinomas [BCCs], and squamous cell carcinomas [SCCs]), stratified by sex and age. Results: Overall, 15 983 excisions were performed (1 of 23 screenees). A total of 3103 malignant skin tumors were diagnosed in 2911 persons: 585 MMs, 1961 BCCs, 392 SCCs, and 165 other malignant skin tumors. Overall, 116 persons (3103 of 360 288) had to be screened to find 1 malignant tumor, with 1 of 620 for MM, 1 of 184 for BCC, and 1 of 920 for SCC. Twenty excisions were performed to find 1 melanoma in men 65 years and older, but more than 50 excisions were required to find 1 melanoma in men aged between 20 and 49 years. Conclusions: The results of SCREEN suggest a high yield of malignant skin tumors in a large-scale populationbased screening project. We found that a high number of excisions was performed in the youngest screenees with an associated low yield, suggesting a need in screener training to emphasize a more conservative attitude toward excisions in young screenees.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume148
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)903-910
Number of pages8
ISSN0003-987X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2012

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine
  • 205-14 Haematology, Oncology
  • 205-19 Dermatology

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