[Epidemiology of epithelial skin cancers].

Title[Epidemiology of epithelial skin cancers].
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBulliard, J-L, Panizzon, RG, Levi, F
JournalRev Med Suisse
Pagination882, 884-8
Date Published2009 Apr 22
KeywordsAge Distribution, Carcinoma, Basal Cell, Carcinoma, Squamous Cell, Female, Humans, Incidence, Male, Melanoma, Primary Prevention, Risk Factors, Secondary Prevention, Sex Distribution, Skin Neoplasms, Switzerland, Time Factors, Ultraviolet Rays

With no less than 15,000 estimated new cases diagnosed per year, non melanomatous carcinomas are the commonest cutaneous cancers in the Swiss population. About 1 in 3 new cancer case is a basal (BCC) or a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Incidence rates are steadily increasing, faster for BCC than SCC. Rates are higher for men than women and increase exponentially with age. Systematic population-based registration of non melanomatous skin cancers faces many challenges that few cancer registries can meet. Rates of these cancers in Switzerland are among the highest in Europe. Primary and secondary nationwide prevention campaigns have been carried out for nearly 20 years with a focus on the deadliest cutaneous cancer: melanoma. However, detection of non melanomatous skin cancers benefits from these campaigns since prevention messages and means of early detection are similar for melanomas and other skin cancers.

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Alternate JournalRev Med Suisse
Citation Key / SERVAL ID2772
PubMed ID19438088


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