Today’s Headlines: Melanoma Survivors, Smaller Plates for Kids, and Oral Cancer Screenings

Some Melanoma Survivors Not Protecting Themselves From Sun Exposure: New research shows that “sun worshipers have a tough time staying away even when they have survived a bout with skin cancer.” The study showed that at least a quarter of people who have had melanoma say they never use sunscreen. More reported not using hats or long sleeves, and even “2% admitted that they have used a tanning bed in the last year.” (USA Today)

Study Suggests Making Plates Smaller for Children: Researchers observed 42 elementary school students who were told to serve themselves lunch. They found that “reducing the size of children’s plates and bowls caused them to eat less.” With the smaller, child-sized bowls and plates, children placed an average of 90 fewer calories of food on their plate. (Reuters)

Task Force Decides to Not Recommend Oral Cancer Screening: For the second time, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended against regular screening for cancers of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx. In their report, the USPSTF points out “that the incidence and mortality rate for oral cancer have been decreasing in the United States because of reduced tobacco and alcohol use.” However, experts pointed out that oral cancer-causing HPV is on the rise and may have an effect on identifying which high-risk populations may benefit from screening. (Reuters)