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Approximately 1 in 5 Americans are destined to develop skin cancer annually.1 Of particular concern is the increase in the rates of malignant melanoma, which have doubled over the past 3 decades.2 UV light exposure has been considered the principal known and preventable carcinogen in the development of skin cancer,3 and numerous programs have been developed to help educate patients about the hazards of UV light exposure and create policies for sun protection, many specifically aimed at children.
Yan AC, Castelo-Soccio L. Optimizing Sun Protection for ChildrenHaving Our Day in the Sun. JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(4):318-319. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4524