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From the JAMA Network
July 2, 2014

Sunscreen Counseling by US Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven
  • 2Yale University School of Medicine, West Haven, Connecticut
  • 3University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA. 2014;312(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4320

Skin cancer affects 2 million individuals annually in the United States.1 Ultraviolet light is the primary cause of skin cancer and sunscreens provide UV protection when sun avoidance is not possible. Because skin cancers can result in substantial morbidity and mortality, it is generally recommended that patients be advised to use sunscreen whenever possible while exposed to sunlight.