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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. 

Skin cancer prevention interventions needed at varying levels of health literacy as well as populations​

13 June 2019

Higher health literacy was associated with lower levels of intentional tanning yet also higher incidental UV exposure and lower skin protection among US young adults aged 18 - 25 years, according to this recent study. The study suggests interventions may be needed for young adults at varying levels of health literacy as well as populations such as outdoor workers and outdoor athletes. 

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.