24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825
Fax: (361)578-5500

Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Health Tip: Taking a Mental Health DayAre You Just a Worrywart or Is It Something More?Online Learning: What's in It for You?10 Quick Tips for a Healthier, Safer LifeHow to Keep Your Bones Strong and Prevent FracturesHow Your Genes Affect the Number on Your ScaleFitter Bodies Make for Healthier Brains, Study FindsOccasional Naps Do a Heart Good, Swiss Study FindsAHA News: Less TV, More Activity May Mean Extra Years Free of Heart Disease and StrokeDark Skin No Protection Against Sun's Harmful RaysLong-Term 'Couch Potatoes' May Face Double the Odds for Early DeathPersonality Reboots Are Possible, Studies SuggestStaying Optimistic Might Lengthen Your Life, Study ShowsHow to Get on Track When Weekend Eating Is Your DownfallEvery Minute of Exercise Counts When It Comes to LongevityHow Helpful Are Self-Help Programs?City Parks Are a Mood BoosterThe 4 Keys to Emotional Well-BeingDo You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?Are You an 'Extreme Early Bird'?Unplugging From Social Media on Vacation? It's Tough at FirstHow to Kickstart Your CreativityWhat TV Binge-Watching Does to Your BrainGiving Up Meat Could Help Your Health -- And the Planet'sHeart-Healthy Habits Good For Your BrainFast-Food Joints on Your Way to Work? Your Waistline May WidenPlants on Your Plate Will Protect Your Heart3 Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits4 Tips for a Healthier Home4 Personal Items You Probably Should Replace TodayTrees an Oasis of Mental Well-BeingSome Meds and Driving a Dangerous DuoAmericans Are Spending Even More Time Sitting, Study ShowsCan Your Smartphone Make You Fat?Dirty Air Kills 30,000 Americans Each YearWarm Bath Can Send You Off to a Sound Slumber, Study FindsAHA News: Exercise Caution Outdoors in the Summer HeatSunglasses a Shield for the EyesToo Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health WoesThe Happiness Dividend: Longer, Healthier LivesSummer Can Be Hard on Your HearingJust 300 Fewer Calories a Day Brings a Health BenefitCan a Budget Make You Happier?Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your HealthIs Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time TogetherHow Protect Against Short- and Long-Term Sun DamageHealth Tip: Wear Sunglasses With UV ProtectionHow Are You Feeling? Check Your WristbandSelfie Craze Has Young Americans Viewing Plastic Surgery More Favorably: Study
Links
Related Topics

Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management

Scared Safe: Pics of Sun's Damage to Face Boost Sunscreen Use

HealthDay News
by -- Steven Reinberg
Updated: Jun 12th 2019

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When all else fails, fear may motivate people to protect themselves from the sun.

Researchers found that a photo of a mole being removed and visuals of skin damage did the trick.

Study volunteers were shown photos taken using a VISIA UV camera system. These images spotlight skin damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays that is normally invisible to the naked eye.

"The UV photos, and one particular image of a mole being removed, were the most effective in terms of influencing someone to change their behavior," said study co-author Kevin John. He's an assistant professor at Brigham Young University School of Communications, in Provo, Utah.

"This tells us these are the types of images we need to use to convince people to screen themselves for cancer. Over time, we hope this will cause mortality rates to drop," John said in a university news release.

For the study, more than 2,200 adults were shown facts, stock photos of people in the sun, photos where moles have been removed, and others. In all, 60 variations were tried to find the most effective.

Skin cancer facts and figures did little to change participants' thinking about sun exposure. But John's team found that viewing a single realistic photo of mole removal led participants to say they would use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.

"Just talking about skin cancer, being inundated with facts and mortality rates, all of that is fear-inspiring language, but the images were so powerful that they moved people to intend to take action," John said.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Rates of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, doubled between 1982 and 2011. And non-melanoma skin cancer affects more than 3 million Americans a year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Checking yourself for skin damage that might be cancer and then seeing your doctor can be effective in catching cancer early, when it is easier to treat.

The report was published in the June issue of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

More information

The Skin Cancer Foundation has more about skin cancer.