According to a research conducted by June K. Robinson, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, coyness between spouses can sometimes lead to melanoma going undetected till too late. According to Robinson, couples who share a close, supportive relationship were comfortable performing regular, thorough skin checks on each other. This, in turn, increases their chances of finding a new melanoma earlier which means a lower mortality rate. The result of the study has been published in the May issue of Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Highlights of the study
a. This study was conducted on 130 melanoma survivors.
b. All the survivors had learned how to do skin self-exams either alone or with their partners.
c. It was noticed that couples who shared a close bond were about three times more likely to perform the skin exams than those who didn't have strong bonds.
d. Couples whose shared a below average relationship were the least likely to perform routine skin self-exams.
e. Researchers say that couples who are in sync with each other feels comfortable in taking this new experience.
f. They also support and reassure each other and overcome modesty issues.