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Which symptoms are linked to a delayed presentation among melanoma patients? A retrospective study

O'Shea, Sally Jane, Rogers, Zoe, Warburton, Fiona, Ramirez, Amanda J., Newton-Bishop, Julia A., Forbes, Lindsay J.L. (2017) Which symptoms are linked to a delayed presentation among melanoma patients? A retrospective study. BMC Cancer, 17 (5). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1471-2407. (doi:10.1186/s12885-016-2978-6) (KAR id:59958)

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Background: The incidence of melanoma is rising. Early detection is associated with a more favourable outcome.

The aims of the study were to measure the nature and duration of melanoma symptoms in a group of patients

with a delay in presentation.

Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of 200 of the 963 melanoma patients who had

collected on symptoms, duration of symptoms prior to presentation and the reasons for not attending a doctor

90) years. Of the 149 patients who reported a symptom, 40 (27%) had a delayed presentation (i.e. >3 months). A

with a delayed presentation (odds ratio (OR) 2.04, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.14–5.08). Patients aged

although this was of borderline statistical significance (OR 0.28, 95% CI 0.08–1.00).

Conclusions: This study highlights that an enlarging mole is a significant symptom influencing the timing of

desirable. Health professionals should take advantage of the opportunity to educate patients on such symptoms


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/s12885-016-2978-6
Uncontrolled keywords: Keywords: Melanoma, Delayed diagnosis, Behavioural symptoms
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Lindsay Forbes
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 09:38 UTC
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