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Mapping Helps Clients Beat Skin Cancer

Posted: July 21, 2006

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The patients were randomly selected to receive either a blank piece of paper (46 patients) or a "mole-mapping diagram" (42 patients). Those who received the diagram were told to draw their moles on it before their return appointment.

Between the patients' initial and return visits, the researchers randomly altered the photographs of the patients' backs, adding the image of a lesion. On their return visit, the patients were asked to indicate any changes on their photos.

Of the patients who received the mole-mapping diagrams, more than half were able to identify the changes made to their photos.

"The results suggest that asking the participants to create a mole-mapping diagram may improve the accuracy of skin self-exam, particularly identifying a new lesion," Weinstock said.

HealthDay News, 7/20/06