Children of melanoma survivors were more likely to wear hats and re-apply sunscreen after receiving a multimedia informational program designed specifically for them, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, sought to determine whether a sun protection intervention would impact melanoma survivors’ attitudes and beliefs related to their children’s sun protection, decrease children’s sunburns and increase children’s sun protection. More than 2,000 potential candidates from the MD Anderson patient registry were screened for study eligibility with 340 melanoma survivors – with age appropriate children – participating in the trial.

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