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December 2, 1992

Dermatology Academy Drafts Skin Cancer Warning

JAMA. 1992;268(21):3041. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490210015006

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MOUNTING EVIDENCE that occupational and recreational exposure, as well as other human-contrived hazards, are major contributors to skin cancers is prompting the American Academy of Dermatology to call for a national action plan.

During a two-day conference in Washington, DC, the academy drafted a statement warning of increasing environmental hazards to the skin, especially those resulting in malignant melanoma. The statement is to be considered for approval by the academy's Board of Directors early this month.

Cancer Alert Projects  Projects drawing attention to the increasing risk of skin cancers are also being planned, says an academy spokesman, although he said he could not be specific because they have not yet been approved. But, he says: "There is a concern that this meeting be followed up with some substantative projects."Skin carcinomas are the most common cancers in the United States, with about 600 000 new cases reported annually. Basal and