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Advances in Dermatology and Allergology/Postępy Dermatologii i Alergologii
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3/2021
vol. 38
 
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Investigation of skin self-examination and sunscreen use in adolescents in northern Cyprus

Didem Mullaaziz
1
,
Aslı Kaptanoğlu
2
,
Evren Hınçal
3
,
Emel Erdal Çalıkoğlu
4

1.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
2.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
3.
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus
4.
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Aksaray University, Niğde, Turkey
Adv Dermatol Allergol 2021; XXXVIII (3): 505–509
Online publish date: 2021/07/26
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Introduction
Regular skin self-examination (SSE) is very important for the early diagnosis of malignant melanoma (MM). Since sun exposure is the most important trigger factor for the development of skin cancers, effective and regular sun protection is the main preventive method.

Aim
To investigate the awareness of SSE, risky nevus and sun protection of the adolescents in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Material and methods
The data used within this research were obtained from questionnaires administered to volunteer high school students in the TRNC.

Results
39.8% of the participants included in the study stated that they conducted SSE. All the participants who said they conducted SSE reported that they performed a face exam. The body regions that the participants did not examine were the scalp (47.7%), foot (36.9%), back (35.4%) and genital area (35.4%). The features of the nevus perceived by the participants as risk factors included rapid growth, bleeding and itching. While 74% of respondents said they used sunscreen products, only 9% of users reported using them every day.

Conclusions
In the TRNC where the exposure to the sun is high, young people perform skin examinations at high rates in order to monitor their nevi. Nevertheless, the results of this research show that hard-to-reach areas are neglected.

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nevus, melanoma, skin self-examination

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