(HealthDay News) — Older men are more likely to have a whole-body skin exam done by their physician if they watch a video on skin self-examination and skin awareness, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in JAMA Dermatology.

Monika Janda, Ph.D., from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues randomly assigned 930 men (50 years and older) to receive a brochure on skin awareness alone or in combination with a video on skin self-examination and skin awareness.

After seven months, the researchers found that 62.1 percent of all men reported having a clinical skin examination. While both groups had similar percentages receiving a skin exam, a significantly greater percentage of the group that received the video reported having a whole-body skin exam (35.3 versus 27.2 percent). A significantly greater percentage of lesions were malignant in the group receiving the video (60.0 versus 40.0 percent).

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“In summary, our trial showed that men aged at least 50 years responded favorably to video-based education, increasing their skin awareness and attendance at whole-body clinical skin examination during seven months of follow-up,” Janda and colleagues conclude.

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