Digital face-aging app may help curb risky tanning behaviours

After viewing photos of their faces that had been digitally aged, students enrolled in a study changed their sun tanning behaviours, according to new research. The study, published online in JAMA Dermatology (May 6, 2020), looked at the behaviours of 1,573 students in 52 middle school classes in Brazil.

Researchers: New AI algorithm could empower dermatologists

A new artificial intelligence-based algorithm intended to help diagnose a wider range of skin conditions than other currently available technologies has been developed by researchers in South Korea. According to researchers at Seoul National University, in Seoul, Korea, the algorithm is an advancement because it focuses on a wider range skin conditions beyond the detection of skin cancer.

Skin cancer risk for patients with vitiligo does not increase after UVB phototherapy

For patients with vitiligo, extended treatment with narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy does not lead to an increase in their risk of developing skin cancer, according to a new study. The study, published online ahead of print in JAMA Dermatology (Mar. 11, 2020), took a deeper look at UVB phototherapy, which is often used for vitiligo patients.

Higher Levels of Social Media Literacy May Lead to Less Dangerous Tanning Practices

Higher levels of media literacy in young adults led to a reduction in appearance-based comparisons, with individuals idealizing tanned appearance less, according to a new study. Based on these findings, published online ahead of print in Social Media + Society (Feb. 19, 2020), the investigators believe that higher levels of media literacy may result in a lower risk of skin cancer.

Discovery of new RNA molecule could be key for early detection of skin cancer

The discovery of a new RNA molecule could lead to earlier detection of squamous cell carcinoma in the future, according to a new study. The study, published in the American Journal of Pathology (Feb. 2020; 190(2):503-517), found that the molecule, named PRECSIT, is integral in determining how squamous cell carcinoma grows and spreads.