Your male patients probably have knowledge gaps regarding skin cancer
May 4, 2016
Men’s skin cancer knowledge lags behind that of women, according to a survey
conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
“It’s important for both men and women to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and regularly examine their entire body, including hard-to- see areas, for signs of skin cancer,” stated dermatologist Dr. Abel Torres, president of the AAD, in a press release. “While our survey results indicate that men do not know as much about skin cancer prevention and detection as women, men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, so it is especially important for them to be vigilant about protecting and monitoring their skin.”
Findings from the survey:
Only 56% of men know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan, compared to 76% of women;
Just 54% of men know that getting a base tan is not a healthy way to protect your skin from the sun, compared to 70% of women; and
Only 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun, compared to 65% women.
In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May,