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Special Article
March 2010

Need for a New Skin Cancer Management Strategy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Dermatology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam (Dr van der Geer); School of Industrial Engineering and Innovative Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (Drs Reijers and van Tuijl), and Department of Dermatology, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven (Dr Krekels); and Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht (Dr de Vries), the Netherlands.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(3):332-336. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.1
Abstract

The worldwide incidence of skin cancer (especially nonmelanoma skin cancer) has increased markedly during the last decades. Skin cancer should be considered a chronic disease. To manage the future costs and quality of care for patients with skin cancer, a revised health strategy is needed. These new strategies should be combined into a disease management system that organizes health care for one well-documented health care problem using a systematic approach. This article explores multiple opportunities for the development of a disease management system regarding skin cancer that will provide structured and multidisciplinary care.

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