Skin self-examination in patients at high risk for melanoma: a pilot study.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Patient Education as Topic
This study supports the fact that education can increase knowledge, awareness, and confidence regarding SSE, which is consistent with the findings of other investigators. Therefore, nurses should incorporate teaching patients how to perform SSE into their practice and recognize that personal involvement in health care has become a dominant theme in the cancer education literature in recent years. With this new emphasis, important self-care activities, such as testicular self-examination, breast self-examination, and now SSE, are being stressed because early detection has shown favorable effects in improving the prognosis of cancer.