German Skin Cancer Screening: the End of an Illusion

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2015.0299-0303

german translation / full article

Jürgen Tacke

Keywords: Skin Cancer Melanoma Health Care System Germany

Summary: Seven years ago, Germany introduced a skin cancer screening for citizens above the age of 35. The program was established without sufficient evidence. The first evaluation shows disastrous results based on incomplete and implausible data. Five years after introduction of the skin cancer screening, data from the information system of the Federal Health Monitoring show no effect on melanoma mortality as the primary aim. Hence, the largest experiment worldwide on skin cancer screening has failed.

(State: 16.07.2015)

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