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Research Letter
September 2018

Facial-Aging App Availability in Waiting Rooms as a Potential Opportunity for Skin Cancer Prevention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Essen, Essen, Germany
  • 2National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), Department of Translational Oncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
  • 3University Hospital Heidelberg, Department of Dermatology, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 4German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(9):1085-1086. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.1907

Approximately 90% of skin cancers are caused by UV exposure. Although dermatologists agree on the importance of primary prevention, busy clinicians often lack time and interventions at hand. Middle-aged men and HIV-positive patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy are especially at risk of skin cancer, while research for these patient subgroups remains scarce.1

A randomized clinical trial by Mahler et al2 showed increased sun protection behavior associated with the use of UV photographs, which indicated the UV damage currently on the participant’s face, among young adults at 4 to 5 months and 12 months of follow-up. However, the use of polaroid photography requires staff time, is outdated, does not illustrate future appearance, and is not readily available.