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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 66, n° 4
pages 687-688 (avril 2012)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2011.09.010
accepted : 8 September 2011

Utilizing hairdressers for early detection of head and neck melanoma: An untapped resource

Neda Roosta, BA a, , Michael K. Wong, MD, PhD b, David T. Woodley, MD a

Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Melanoma Working Group

a Department of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 
b Division of Medical Oncology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 

Reprint requests: Neda Roosta, BA, NOR Topping Tower Suite 3405, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

This commentary raises an important issue that has not been sincerely considered in the field of dermatology, which is the vital role of hairdressers–a group that makes daily observations of the general populations’ scalp and neck–in the detection of head and neck melanomas in the general population. We note several key areas of research that are needed to assess the feasibility of using hairdressers as a resource for melanoma detection and referral. If research suggests hairdressers can be trained and are willing to make appropriate referrals then implementing these efforts will likely reduce the increasing disease burden of head and neck melanomas.

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Key words : dermatologist referral, early detection, hairdresser, head and neck melanoma, improved prognosis

 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.

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