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A measure of skin familiarity and its role in the early detection of skin cancer

Creator:

K P Balanda, W R Stanton, P D Baade, [...], A Clavarino

Subject Keywords: Sun screen, Sun protection, Child health
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Cancer
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Other Outputs
Type: Article
Region: All-island
Description:

Skin self-examination (SSE) is promoted widely so that individuals will become familiar with their skin and be better able to identify suspicious changes earlier. However, individuals can also become familiar with their skin other than through purposeful SSE. In this article, we develop a measure of skin familiarity based on the density of spots on 14 different areas of the body. A factor analysis of the 14 body-area scores revealed that they could be grouped into four broad body regions (shoulders and back, front of legs, back of legs, and feet). Each total body score and body-region score has high internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha coefficients ranging from 0.79 to 0.93). Moreover, the scores correlate as expected with skin self-examination behaviors and other personal characteristics, indicating high construct validity. We consider the advantages that skin familiarity measures offer over the exclusive use of SSE measures in the assessment of early detection activities and discuss the direction of future research in this area

Date:

01/02/2000

DOI:

10.14655/11971-1030475

Rights: © IPH
Suggested citation:

K P Balanda, W R Stanton, P D Baade, [...], A Clavarino. (2000) A measure of skin familiarity and its role in the early detection of skin cancer [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/1030475 [Accessed: 24th August 2019].

  

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Institute of Public Health
 
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