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Stricter follow-up strategies warranted for patients with multiple primary melanomas

30 June 2019

In this recent cohort study of 54 645 patients with a single primary melanoma and 2284 patients with multiple primary melanomas in the Netherlands, Breslow thickness was significantly decreased for second primary melanomas, but the likelihood of dying was 31% higher among patients with multiple primary melanomas, a statistically significant finding.

Cheap indoor tanning sessions and packages encourage increased use

29 June 2019

This recent American study assesses the pricing plans of sunbed use across six US cities. The data suggests that access to sunbeds can be very cheap or free in some cases. Policies that can influence prices may be effective in reducing demand however more research is required. 

Carers report unclear communication of prognosis by medical specialists

13 June 2019

This recent Australian study looked at bereaved carers’ experiences in advanced melanoma. Findings showed medical specialists need to recognise and address carer understanding of and need for information about prognosis as early as possible following diagnosis and communicate the uncertain benefit of new therapies in order to help patients and carers make decisions about treatment preference and care planning.

Melanoma genetic risk information can improve sun protective behaviour

13 June 2019

This recent Australian study assessed emotional and behavioural responses to melanoma genetic risk information. According to the study, there were many positive responses, with a number of participants reporting that it helped improve their sun-protective behaviour.

NSW farmers practice sun-protective behaviours less than half the time

13 June 2019

Farmers in NSW practice sun-protective behaviours less than half the time, although the majority of farmers rank these behaviours as very or extremely important, according to this recent Australian study. The study suggests a need for targeted interventions to encourage farmers to improve sun-protection practices and undertake annual skin checks.