A nationwide population-based skin cancer screening in Germany: Proceedings of the first meeting of the International Task Force on Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention (September 24 and 25, 2009)
Skin cancer incidence is increasing worldwide in white populations and mortality rates have not declined throughout most of the world. An extraordinarily high proportion of at-risk individuals have yet to be screened for melanoma but guidelines from esteemed bodies do not currently endorse population-based screening. Evidence for the effectiveness of skin cancer screening is imperative. To this end, scientists in Germany have launched a nationwide skin cancer screening campaign. Herein, we review pilot screening data from Schleswig-Holstein, discuss the launch of the major new national initiative, review issues related to evaluation of that program, and propose seven recommendations from the International Task Force on Skin Cancer Screening and Prevention that was held in Hamburg, Germany, on September 24 and 25, 2009.