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Research Letter
January 2017

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. 2017;153(1):90-92. 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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