(HealthDay News) — Older men are more likely to have a whole-body skin exam done by their physician if they watch a video on skin self-examination and skin awareness, according to a study published online February 19 in JAMA Dermatology.

Monika Janda, PhD, from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues randomly assigned 930 men (≥50 years) to receive a brochure on skin awareness alone or in combination with a video on skin self-examination and skin awareness.

After seven months, the researchers found that 62.1% of all men reported having a clinical skin examination. While both groups had similar percentages receiving a skin exam, a significantly greater percentage of the group that received the video reported having a whole-body skin exam (35.3 vs. 27.2%). A significantly greater percentage of lesions were malignant in the group receiving the video (60.0 vs. 40.0%).

“In summary, our trial showed that men aged at least 50 years responded favorably to video-based education, increasing their skin awareness and attendance at whole-body clinical skin examination during seven months of follow-up,” Janda and colleagues conclude.

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