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Research Letter
March 2017

Self-confidence and Embarrassment About Partner-Assisted Skin Self-examination for Melanoma

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Editor, JAMA Dermatology
  • 3Biobehavioral Health and Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(3):342-344. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4776

Research suggests that patients with melanoma may benefit from partner-assisted skin self-examinations (SSEs) to increase early detection of new melanoma.1 Despite the potential positive aspects of including partners in SSEs, it is plausible that some individuals may be embarrassed or feel uncomfortable having a nonprofessional or intimate partner routinely check their bodies.2-4 One way to mitigate these potential barriers is to increase patient and partner self-confidence in performing SSEs. The current study assessed patient- and partner-reported levels of embarrassment, comfort, and self-confidence in performing SSEs during a 2-year period as part of an SSE education training program.