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September 2009

Developing Healthy Sun Habits for LifeChallenges and Opportunities

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(9):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.189

Over the past several years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the need for the development of a healthy lifestyle in the pursuit of long-term good health. This generally has included a focus on proper diet and exercise. Indeed, a large amount of media attention has been dedicated to strategies for creating such a lifestyle. Given the potential morbidity and mortality from skin cancer and the strong evidence pointing to excessive sun exposure as a strong risk factor, it is clear that developing good sun protection habits should be an important component of healthy living. But precisely which individuals should be specifically targeted? In which situations? And how is this best accomplished? Three articles in this issue of the Archives contribute to this important discussion with insights into risk stratification. These articles also highlight many of the challenges surrounding the behavioral changes that need to take place for significant public health benefits to be realized.

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