- November 28th 2011
Physicians and patients could benefit from hair professionals being trained to help in the early detection of skin cancer on the scalp, neck and face, a study says.
Nearly 60% of 203 hair professionals surveyed at 17 salons in the Houston area said they already had recommended at least once that a customer see a health professional for an abnormal mole, said a report in the October Archives of Dermatology.
In addition, 37% looked at more than half of their customers' scalps for suspicious lesions during the previous month, 29% checked more than half of their customers' necks, and 30% looked at more than half of their customers' faces.
Scalp and neck melanomas represent 6% of all melanomas, and they account for 10% of melanoma deaths in the United States.
Hair professionals could help with earlier detection of these cancers, said Alan C. Geller, MPH, RN, a study author and senior lecturer at Harvard School of Public Health.
"The scalp is a perfect example of a place for m [Read more]