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    To evaluate the preventive practices in family members of melanoma patients regarding melanoma in Turkey and compare our results with similar studies by a literature review. A questionnaire-based, cross-sectional study was conducted in 52 participants over the age of 18 years. The questionnaire consisted of the items regarding melanoma risk factors, sun protection behaviors, skin self-examination (SSE), and family communication. Sun exposure (76.9%) and sunburns (69.2%) were relatively well-known melanoma risk factors. The knowledge of risk factors regarding phenotypical features were low (<50%). The participants who were at least high-school graduates had a significantly higher level of knowledge of risk factors. Compliance with sun protection measures (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirt use) was low (19.2%-42.3%) on almost all items with the exception of shade seeking (73.1%). The most common reported reason for not applying sunscreen was not having a habit of sunscreen use. Only one third of the participants (32.7%) performed SSE. The most commonly reported reason for not performing SSE was not knowing the necessity of SSE. The number of participants who stated that they had received information from the melanoma patient about the disease was 19 (36.5%). We documented the knowledge, preventive measures, and family communication deficiency regarding melanoma among family members of melanoma patients. Results of our study may contribute to the development and implementation of educational programs and interventions targeting family members of the melanoma patients. © 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC.


    Sezgi Sarikaya Solak, Haydar Yondem, Irfan Cicin. Evaluating sun protection behaviors and skin self-examination practices among the family members of melanoma patients in Turkey: A cross-sectional survey study. Dermatologic therapy. 2020 Nov;33(6):e14268

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