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Research Letter
November 30, 2016

Estimated Cost of Sunburn-Associated Visits to US Hospital Emergency Departments

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Dermatol. Published online November 30, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4231

Sunburn, a clear indicator of overexposure to UV radiation, increases the risk of skin cancer. The estimated prevalence of sunburn in the United States is high; 37.1% of adults and 55.8% of youth reported 1 or more sunburns in the past 12 months.1,2 Our study provides, to our knowledge, the first national estimates of sunburn-associated visits to US emergency departments, as well as their costs.

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