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Skin Cancer Screening in Occupational Medicine

Lampel, Heather P (2005) Skin Cancer Screening in Occupational Medicine. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Background: Skin cancer is an increasing worldwide public health concern. Rates of melanoma and skin cancer continue to rise worldwide, creating a significant public health need for detection. In 2003, nearly 54,000 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma with an expected 7,700 deaths. The visual skin exam is an effective secondary prevention tool in detecting melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer and may be implemented in occupational medical clinics. Methods: Applying the results of a comprehensive literature review of skin cancer screening efforts in communities and workplaces to occupational medicine. Results: Skin cancer screening efforts have identified high-risk populations for melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer and may detect suspicious lesions early.Conclusions: Occupational physicians may be the only healthcare provider with the opportunity to screen a high-risk population, particularly males over age 50. Integrating a skin examination into pre-employment or periodic examinations would expend minimal time and funds while potentially preventing worker morbidity and mortality. Screening for skin cancer at the workplace may also fulfill a public health need. The integration of skin cancer screening into occupational medicine may simultaneously improve worker health and increase the value of the occupational medicine physician.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lampel, Heather
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchwerha,
Committee MemberKeller, Lawrencelkeller@eoh.pitt.eduLKELLER
Committee MemberZirwas,
Date: 8 July 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 18 May 2005
Approval Date: 8 July 2005
Submission Date: 27 May 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Occupational Medicine
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: actinic keratosis; melanoma; squamous cell carcinoma; workplace; basal cell carcinoma; secondary prevention
Other ID:, etd-05272005-124627
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:45
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:44


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