Patients are more likely to examine themselves for skin cancer when their partners learn the technique with them, according to new research.
The researchers studied 130 patients who had previously had melanoma.
Sixty-five patients learned skin self-examination alone, and 65 were instructed with their live-in partners.
After four months, 45 solo learners did not check their skin compared to 23 paired learners. Significantly more paired learners checked their skin.
The authors concluded that patients who learn with partners think the examination is more important, are better able to do it and have more confidence in their ability to do it.
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