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Journal of Skin Cancer
Volume 2016, Article ID 8180348, 4 pages
Research Article

Responsiveness of the Spanish Version of the “Skin Cancer Index”

1Department of Dermatology, Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol, Marbella, Spain
2Red de Investigación en Servicios de Salud en Enfermedades Crónicas (REDISSEC), Spain
3Unit of Investigation, Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol, Marbella, Spain
4Department of Dermatology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
5Department of Otolaryngology and Communication, Sciences Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Received 29 July 2016; Accepted 7 September 2016

Academic Editor: Günther Hofbauer

Copyright © 2016 M. de Troya-Martín et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Skin Cancer Index (SCI) is a specific questionnaire measuring health related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with cervicofacial non-melanoma skin cancer (CFNMSC). The original scale has recently been adapted and validated into Spanish. Objectives. Evaluate the responsiveness of the Spanish version of SCI. Methods. Patients with CFNMSC candidate for surgical treatment were administered the questionnaire at time of diagnostic (), 7 days after surgery (), and 5 months after surgery (). The scale and subscales scores (C1: social/appearance, C2: emotional) were then evaluated. Differences between -, -, and - were determined and a gender-and-age segmented analysis was performed. Results. 88 patients, 54.8% male, mean age 62.5 years, completed the study. Differences between - and - scores were statistically significant (). The lowest values were found at time of diagnosis and postsurgery. Women and patients under 65 years showed the lowest values at the three times. Limitations. Concrete geographic and cultural area. Clinical and histological variables are not analysed. Conclusions. Our results confirm responsiveness of the Spanish version of the SCI. Further development of the instrument in Spanish-speaking countries and populations will make it possible to extend worldwide research and knowledge horizons on skin cancer.