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Skin self-monitoring smartphone app not beneficial for skin self-examination or health care consulting

17 March 2020

This study investigates the effect of a commercially available skin self-monitoring (SSM) smartphone application among individuals with increased risk of melanoma on their decision to seek help for changing skin lesions. It concludes that no evidence of benefit on skin self-examination or health care consulting was found, and that there is no reason at this stage to recommend its implementation in this population at increased risk of melanoma.

Twitter analysis: positive affective sentiments in tweets about sunburn

17 March 2020

This recent study, a content analysis of Twitter, was preformed to identify the public’s expressions, perceptions, and attitudes towards sunburn. It concludes that many of the tweets analysed contained positive affective sentiments such as joy, rather than worry or concern, suggesting an avenue for further health promotion research.

Aging does not seem to affect response to checkpoint inhibitors

17 March 2020

This recent study investigates age-related differences in the time to progression, overall survival, and immunotherapy-related adverse events among patients with metastatic melanoma who received checkpoint inhibitors. It concludes that aging does not seem to affect response to checkpoint inhibitors, and that elderly patients with metastatic melanoma should be treated similarly to younger patients.

Opinion piece: Importance of skin self-checks in defeating melanoma

12 March 2020

In this opinion piece, MelNet member Dr Andrew MacGill explains that one of the main reasons why people are still dying of melanoma is because patients don’t look at their own skin on a regular basis. He claims most patients are able to diagnose their own melanoma in plenty of time for a cure if they look regularly between annual checks.