(HealthDay News) — Exposure to video-based education increases men’s skin awareness and attendance at whole-body clinical skin examinations (CSEs), according to a study published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology.
Monika Janda, PhD, from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues conducted a clinical trial in which men (aged ≥50 years) were randomized to receive either a video-based intervention (469 men) or brochures only (461 men; overall response rate, 37.1%). Interviews were conducted at baseline and seven months later.
The researchers found that 540 of 870 men (62.1%) self-reported a CSE since receiving intervention materials. Men in both groups had similar attendance to any CSE (56.4% in the intervention group and 52.8% in the control group), but those in the intervention group were more likely to self-report a whole-body CSE (35.3 vs. 27.2%; P=0.01). Diagnosis occurred for two melanomas, 29 squamous cell carcinomas, and 38 basal cell carcinomas, with a higher proportion of malignant lesions in the intervention group (60.0 vs. 40.0%; P=0.03). There were higher odds of CSE and skin cancer diagnosis based on baseline attitudes, behaviors, and skin cancer history.
“A video-based intervention may increase whole-body CSE and skin cancer diagnosis in older men,” the authors write.