Can E-Reminders Help With Skin Self-Exams?

Today’s world is centered on electronics, with increasing hours spent on smartphones, computers and other electronic devices. With everyone so transfixed to their electronics, it only makes sense for important reminders and announcements to be sent electronically. Why not add another often-overlooked task to the e-reminder list: the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of regular self-skin exams?

A Modern Approach to an Old Issue

To test this idea, 227 individuals were divided into one of 2 groups. The control group was simply given a brochure on melanoma, while the intervention group was given that same brochure, computerized information on melanoma, a self-exam tutorial, and text message, phone, letter or email reminders to perform self-exams. Three months later, recipients of text-message reminders were more than twice as likely to examine their skin compared to those who received other forms of reminders, and both groups were more confident in their abilities to detect melanoma.

When Was Your Last Complete Body Examination?

Even with proper skin cancer education and self-skin exams, a complete body examination by a qualified dermatologist is still necessary for fair-skinned individuals and people with many moles or a family history of skin cancer. Contact us today to schedule your complete body examination. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating many different forms of skin cancer. Our ten conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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