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Melanoma risk may be mitigated by parental intervention

23 May 2019

Findings of this recent study suggest that parents’ use of melanoma risk-reducing behavioral measures such as use of sunscreen, protective clothing, seeking shade, or limiting sun exposure extended to protective measures among their children. The researchers suggest these findings have implications for the clinical care of melanoma survivors’ families, including the design of targeted interventions that alter parental beliefs and behaviors surrounding both their own and their children’s cancer prevention strategies.

Sunscreens can work their way into the bloodstream

23 May 2019

This recent pilot trial conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration looked at four commonly available sunscreen products and observed the amount of the drug absorbed via the skin when applied as directed by the manufacturers. Results showed that all of the four active ingredients present in the formulations of sunscreen were absorbed via the skin. The researchers add that these results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen but say that more studies are necessary to evaluate the safety of these ingredients when they are absorbed via the skin.

E-training programme targeted at massage therapists may contribute to skin cancer risk reduction

23 May 2019

This recent American study developed and tested an e-training system to educate massage therapists' on skin cancer prevention and early detection activities. Results showed the e-training approach offered greater learner accessibility, increased convenience, and greater scalability than existing programmes, concluding that it had potential to reach many massage therapists.

"Designing out skin cancer" in Australia through improved design of shade in public spaces

23 May 2019

This presentation from the 3rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion (IUHPE 2019) discusses learnings, opportunities and barriers to effectively working with the design industry to develop healthy, shaded, urban habitats for communities. Findings from this work will inform the Cool and Covered work programme which aims to "design out skin cancer in Australia" by providing improved design of shade in public spaces to achieve effective protection from ultraviolet radiation exposure.

Non melanoma skin cancer patients have relative risk for melanoma of 25:1

23 May 2019

This recent study compared the risk of melanoma development in a large cohort of non melanoma skin cancer patients and in a control group of non-dermatological patients. It found non melanoma skin cancer patients had relative risk for melanoma of 6.2 compared to controls, and those aged 40 or younger had a relative risk of melanoma of 25.1 compared to controls.

Careful counsel required when discussing the possibility of receiving treatment with immunotherapy

3 May 2019

This recent Australian study explores the perspectives of patients undergoing immunotherapy for melanoma and focus on factors that influenced their treatment decision‐making. Results showed that the hope immunotherapy provided to patients meant careful counsel was required when discussing the possibility of receiving immunotherapy treatments to ensure patients adequately understand the trade‐off between efficacy and toxicity. 

Development and initial validation of a self-efficacy for skin self-examination scale

18 April 2019

This Canadian study reports on the development and initial validation of a measure assessing self-efficacy for skin self-examination. According to the study, the scale has potential for use by nurses and other health professionals in follow-up care to identify individuals who require more targeted educational skin self-examination interventions.