Are pigmented lesion clinics worthwhile ?
To assess the effect of a pigmented lesion clinic on referral patterns and thickness of melanoma at presentation, we have compared data from the centralized pathology services of the adjacent health authorities of Wandsworth, and Merton and Sutton.
Both districts were the subject of a CRC public awareness campaign in 1987, but only Wandsworth is served by a pigmented lesion clinic.
All patients presenting with malignant melanoma were included; from 1981 to 1990 for Wandsworth, and from 1984 to 1990 for Merton and Sutton.
The Breslow thickness and clinic source of all melanomas was documented.
Approximately equal numbers of melanomas were seen in the two districts, with no obvious difference in the numbers of thin (<1.5 mm thick) « good prognosis » tumours.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mélanome, Peau, Homme, Symptomatologie, Pronostic, Campagne de masse, Evaluation performance, Etude statistique, Royaume Uni, Europe, Tumeur maligne, Peau pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Melanoma, Skin, Human, Symptomatology, Prognosis, Mass campaign, Performance evaluation, Statistical study, United Kingdom, Europe, Malignant tumor, Skin disease
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Code Inist : 002B08A. Création : 199406.