Reliability of Self-Reported Information on Skin Cancer Among Elderly Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Cristina Renzi, Simona Mastroeni, Thomas J. Mannooranparampil, Francesca Passarelli, Clemente Potenza, Paolo Pasquini

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Purpose: We aimed to evaluate reliability of self-reported information on skin cancer among individuals aged >65 years with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Methods: A test-retest was performed with patients completing two questionnaires one month apart. Results: Among 102 recruited patients the response rate was 97.1% (mean age 80.9 years, 74.8% men). The majority of items showed substantial agreement: history of skin cancer screening (k=0.88), past skin cancer in general (k=0.92), basal cell carcinoma (k=0.75), patient delay (k=0.64) and total delay (k=0.86). Agreement was high also for ages >80 years. Recall of past SCCs (k=0.48) and sunscreen use (k=0.38) was less accurate. Conclusions: Our study provided evidence on the reliability of patient reported skin cancer information among elderly individuals, who represent the majority of affected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-554
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Epidemiology
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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Skin Neoplasms
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Sunscreening Agents
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Early Detection of Cancer
Skin

Keywords

  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Elderly
  • Reliability
  • Self-Report
  • Skin Cancer
  • Test-Retest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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Reliability of Self-Reported Information on Skin Cancer Among Elderly Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. / Renzi, Cristina; Mastroeni, Simona; Mannooranparampil, Thomas J.; Passarelli, Francesca; Potenza, Clemente; Pasquini, Paolo.

In: Annals of Epidemiology, Vol. 21, No. 7, 07.2011, p. 551-554.

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Renzi, Cristina ; Mastroeni, Simona ; Mannooranparampil, Thomas J. ; Passarelli, Francesca ; Potenza, Clemente ; Pasquini, Paolo. / Reliability of Self-Reported Information on Skin Cancer Among Elderly Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. In: Annals of Epidemiology. 2011 ; Vol. 21, No. 7. pp. 551-554.
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