Navigation Links
When it comes to skin cancer, pictures are worth 1,000 words
Date:8/1/2013

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, August 1, 2013) Seeing pictures of skin cancer motivates people to regularly check their own moles, according to a new research paper from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.

The paper, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that visual images of skin cancer are most effective in prompting skin self-examinations.

"Visual images capture our attention and are persuasive. They also help us to learn and remember," said Professor Laurie Hoffman-Goetz, of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and co-author on the paper. The systematic review found that exposure to images of skin cancer motivated people to check their skin more frequently and accurately. The study found that providing text descriptions alone were not effective in aiding skin self-examination.

"Images motivate health behaviours in ways text does not," said Jennifer McWhirter, a PhD candidate funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and co-author on the paper.

The paper's findings could help inform patient education strategies and public health communication efforts.

"Skin self-examination plays an important role in detecting melanoma early. Many cases of melanoma are first detected by patients themselves," said McWhirter.

"Incorporating images into clinical practice when educating patients can be a powerful tool in the fight against skin cancer." said Professor Hoffman-Goetz.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in North America. In Canada, there are expected to be 6,000 new cases of melanoma--the most dangerous kind of skin cancer - and more than 81,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer this year alone.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nick Manning
nmanning@uwaterloo.ca
519-888-4451
University of Waterloo
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. COMP-Northwest Welcomes New Class
2. Juno Beach, Florida Area Welcomes Recovery Associates, Providing Services for People Seeking Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
3. Looking at outcomes important to patients may improve results of cataract surgery
4. A 5-Year-Old North Dakota Girl Overcomes Autism with Use of Skills®, an Online Autism Curriculum
5. New Book Presents Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes and Control Soaring Specialty Rx Costs
6. Healdsburg District Hospital Welcomes Theresa L. Colosi, M.D., to their Orthopaedic and Total Joint Program
7. DXE Medical Inc. Welcomes Forecast Predicting 50% Increase in AED Market
8. Healthy Energy Shot 24K Becomes Ninth Reliv Product to Earn Patent
9. Summit Medical Group Welcomes Stephanie J. Cummings, M.D.
10. Miramar, Florida Area Welcomes Recovery Associates, Offering Services for People in Need of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
11. Summit Medical Group Welcomes Susan C. Simon, M.D.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... How to Walk with God #TruthwithGrace”: a devotional journal chronicling the writer’s path ... to Learning How to Walk with God #TruthwithGrace” is the creation of published ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... “The Adventures of ... smart and silly dog who lives his life to the fullest, as God intended. ... published author Patti Holmgren, a mother and grandmother pursuing her passion for writing, especially ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Demonstrating their commitment to improving ... health departments have been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation ... expanding network of communities across the nation whose health departments meet rigorous national ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... , ... The MBI “Hall of Fame” recognizes the contributions of those whose careers are or ... the careers of all others involved. , On Monday, March 21st, 2017 Laurie ... of Fame. The induction took place during the World of Modular – Award Gala ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... NOW, an innovative mobile app and centralized benefits dashboard solving one of the ... securely from multiple locations. For the first time, employees can access up-to-date information ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... PUNE, India , March 23, 2017 ... are growing ageing population, increasing diabetic population, accelerating economic growth ... developments of this industry are higher life expectancy of ESRD ... potential in emerging markets. However, the expansion of the market ... ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- Transportation Insight, a multi-modal lead logistics solutions provider receives ... with expertise serving clients in the food industry. Vice ... was named a 2017 Food Logistics Champion: ... publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product ... has brought to Transportation Insight a wealth of knowledge ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... and the William Sansum Diabetes Center have established a ... affected by diabetes through enhanced research, education and care. ... cardiovascular disease bears a disproportionate weight on Latino families ... David Kerr , M.D., FRCPE, director of Innovation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: