Dermatologists are teaching hairdressers to spot skin cancer in a bid to curb rising rates of melanoma

Mail Online | 12/7/2017 | Natalie Rahhal For
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University hospitals are teaching hairdressers to identify an increasingly common skin cancer that clients often miss on their scalps and necks.

Half of melanomas - a potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer - go undetected by people who try to check themselves for cancerous moles, and many of those are on the head and scalp.

State - Hairdressers - Abuse - Training

At least one state now recognizes that hairdressers are uniquely positioned to respond to domestic abuse, and legally requires training.

If melanoma detection training is successful, it could one day be required and potentially save lives, particularly in under-served communities where the cancer is deadliest.

Researchers - University - Colorado - University - Southern

Researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles created an educational video specifically to teach hairdressers how to identify melanomas while they have a rare view of their clients' heads.

More than 70 percent of the participants were able to identify atypical moles after the training, and the researchers say that the method shows 'promise' for helping to improve skin cancer detection.

Hairdressers - Assets - Community - Health - Concerns

Hairdressers are increasingly being recognized as valuable assets to addressing community health concerns, such as domestic abuse, which Illinois now legally requires stylists to be trained in identifying.

Melanoma is a relatively rare form of skin cancer, but it is by far the most deadly, estimated to kill 9,730 Americans in 2017, according to the Skin Care Foundation.

Cancer - Moles - Community - Prevention - Efforts

The cancer is detectable by looking for abnormal moles, community prevention efforts are needed' to stop the increasingly common disease, according to the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sun exposure increases the risk of developing cancerous moles, especially for fair skinned people who already predisposed to melanomas.

Sun - Screen - Risks - Cancer - Body

Wearing sun screen can help to mitigate risks of skin cancer on most of the body, but the skin under our hair often...
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