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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Patient-identified early clinical warning signs of nodular melanoma: a qualitative study

Variable, % (n) Nodular Melanoma Superficial Spreading Melanoma
≤ 2 mm (n = 16) >  2 mm (n = 18) ≤ 2 mm (n = 23) >  2 mm (n = 9)
Sex, Female 62.5 (10) 22.2 (4) 52.2 (12) 22.2 (2)
Age at diagnosis, M (SD), Range 56.4 (14.3), 24–81 63.0 (11.4), 44–86 60.7 (17.7), 26–92 58.8 (7.5), 45–71
 20–40 12.5 (2) 0.0 (0) 17.4 (4) 0.0 (0)
 41–60 43.7 (7) 44.4 (8) 26.1 (6) 66.7 (6)
 61–80 37.5 (6) 44.4 (8) 47.8 (11) 33.3 (3)
 >  80 6.3 (1) 11.2 (2) 8.7 (2) 0.0 (0)
Highest education completed
 High school or GED 6.3 (1) 22.2 (4) 13.0 (3) 22.2 (2)
 Vocational/ Technical 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 4.4 (1) 11.1 (1)
 College graduate 37.5 (6) 27.8 (5) 39.1 (9) 44.4 (4)
 Post-graduate or professional degree 56.3 (9) 50.0 (9) 43.5 (10) 22.2 (2)
Color of skin unexposed to the sun
 Reddish 6.3 (1) 22.2 (4) 9.1 (2) 22.2 (2)
 Very pale 25.0 (4) 22.2 (4) 54.5 (12) 11.1 (1)
 Pale with beige tint 62.5 (10) 44.4 (8) 31.8 (7) 33.3 (3)
 Light brown 6.3 (1) 11.1 (2) 0.0 (0) 33.3 (3)
 Dark brown 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 4.5 (1) 0.0 (0)
First melanoma
 Yes 75.0 (12) 88.9 (16) 82.6 (19) 100.0 (9)
Skin self-exam during the 12 months prior to diagnosis?
 No 25.0 (4) 44.4 (8) 34.8 (8) 44.4 (4)
 Yes, whole body exam 25.0 (4) 16.7 (3) 13.0 (3) 11.1 (1)
 Yes, partial exam 50.0 (8) 38.9 (7) 52.2 (12) 44.4 (4)
Medical skin exam during the 12 months prior to diagnosis?
 No 37.5 (6) 38.9 (7) 34.8 (8) 77.8 (7)
 Yes, whole body exam 56.3 (9) 33.3 (6) 47.8 (11) 22.2 (2)
 Yes, partial exam 6.3 (1) 27.8 (5) 17.4 (4) 0.0 (0)
Who performed the medical skin exam
 Dermatologist 37.5 (6) 38.9 (7) 47.8 (11) 22.2 (2)
 PCP or another HCP 25.0 (4) 27.8 (5) 17.4 (4) 0.0 (0)
  1. PCP primary care provider, HCP health care provider
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