Navigation Links
Some hair professionals report looking for skin cancer lesions on customers' scalp, neck and face
Date:10/17/2011

CHICAGO - In a survey of hair professionals, some reported that they look at customers' face, scalp and neck for suspicious skin lesions, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

"Melanoma of the scalp and neck represented 6 percent of all melanomas and accounted for 10 percent of all melanoma deaths in the United States from 1973 to 2003, with a five-year survival probability of 83.1 percent for stage I melanoma of the scalp and neck compared with 92.1 percent for stage I melanoma of other sites," the authors write as background information in the article.

Elizabeth E. Bailey, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and colleagues conducted a survey of 304 hair professionals from 17 salons in a single chain in the greater Houston area. Of 304 professionals surveyed in January 2010, 203 completed the questionnaire (66.8 percent response rate), which included questions on the frequency with which they observed their customers' scalp, neck and face for abnormal moles during the previous month.

Of the 203 respondents, 69 percent reported being "somewhat" or "very likely" to give customers a skin cancer information pamphlet during an appointment; 49 percent reported they were "very" or "extremely" interested in participating in a skin cancer education program; and 25 percent share general health information with customers "often" or "always." Most respondents (71.9 percent) also reported they had not received a course on skin cancer but a modest number were educating their customers and observing for suspicious lesions.

When answering questions about observing suspicious skin lesions during the previous month, 73 participants (37.1 percent) reported looking at more than 50 percent of their customers' scalps; 56 (28.8 percent) reported looking at more than 50 percent of their customers' necks; and 30 (15.3 percent) reported looking at more than 50 percent of their customers' faces. Additionally, 58 percent of participants reported they had recommended at least once that a customer see a health professional for an abnormal mole.

The authors also found that frequency of observation of their customers' lesions was associated with their own self-reported health communication practices and personal skin practices but was not associated with their own knowledge about skin cancer.

"In conclusion, this study provides evidence that hair professionals are currently acting as lay health advisors for skin cancer detection and prevention and are willing to become more involved in skin cancer education in the salon," the authors write. "Future research should focus on creating a program that provides hair professionals with expert training and effective health communication tools to become confident and skilled lay skin cancer educators."


'/>"/>
Contact: Todd Datz
tdatz@hsph.harvard.edu
617-432-8413
JAMA and Archives Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Mental Health America Encourages Journalists, Media Professionals to Submit Entries for 2010 Media Awards
2. Agility Consulting Partners with pan (Performance Assessment Network) to Bring Custom Private Label Assessment Capability to Human Resource Professionals and Consultants
3. SciAnswers.com Grows and Adds a Technical and Healthcare Professionals Job Board.
4. Maxell Joins RDX Storage Alliance to Support Growing Storage Professionals' Community
5. Horse stem cell conference to draw veterinarians and human-health professionals
6. ICMI Announces the ACCE 2010 Conference & Expo, Brings Contact Professionals Together to Improve Contact Center Performance
7. Maria D. Solomon is Recognized by Continental Who’s Who Among Health Care Professionals
8. Montecatini Eating Disorders Program Announces 'Log In & Learn' Webinar Series for Treatment Professionals
9. Phyllis E. Thomson is Recognized by Continental Whos Who Among Health Care Professionals
10. Wanted: Indianapolis Customer Service Professionals
11. Cell Science Systems Recruits Seasoned Executive to Head New Lifestyle Medicine & Nutritional Solution for Health Care Professionals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Caronlab Australia, an Australian company known for health and beauty ... Head, SC, where it benefited from outstanding meetings with major retail buyers. , Caron ... products. At this trade show, the company had the chance to demonstrate its products ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... FRANCE (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... the Indian Ocean, isolated from the rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. ... Africa, Phytocéane used key ingredients, Virgin Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... , ... In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men ... feel shame for having struggled with an eating disorder as well as common co-occurring ... in Life After an Eating Disorder” -- to be featured at this year’s iaedp ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh has posted a new publication ... this generation is a time like no other and society needs to understand the only ... he does not want to sound like an old bible beater because religion has a ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Lice Troopers, the lice removal company based ... school-aged children since the holiday season. , “It happens every year around this ... hugs and taking photos, which is the head-to-head gateway that lice need to spread.” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017 ViewRay, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRAY) announced today ... supporting research in Germany , has ... at the University Clinic Heidelberg as part of its ... Linac program will be headed by Medical Director and ... oncology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... PALO ALTO, Calif. , Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... scientific research, is excited to announce that the ... Project: Cancer Biology  (RP:CB) have been published in ... science, this project represents the first practical evaluation ... that result in reproducible studies. Unlike other assessments ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... New Review of Safinamide ... Symptoms and Motor Complications in Mid- to Late-stage ... ... C Warren Olanow ... 2): 2-15, http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/safinamide-new-therapeutic-option-address-motor-symptoms-and-motor-complications-mid-late Published ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: