Teens increased skin protection habits after intervention with face-aging app

Source: Healio, May 2020

An intervention in secondary schools in southeastern Brazil using a face-aging app resulted in an increase in protective measures used by students against sun exposure.

Ultraviolet exposure is a large risk factor for the development of melanoma and other skin cancers, especially with exposure early in life. As melanoma incidence rates rise worldwide, skin protection is increasingly significant for adolescents.

The 1,573 participants in the study were selected from 52 classes in eight secondary schools in Itauna, Brazil. The area has a high incidence rate of melanoma due to Brazil having one of the highest UV indexes in the world and a population mostly of European ancestry in the southeastern part of the country.