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October 2014

Melanoma Screening by Physicians: Time for a Policy Change in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 3Editor of JAMA Dermatology
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(10):1045-1046. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.1326

In the United States, the annual cost of melanoma is estimated to be $3.14 billion.1 This cost, which includes melanoma treatment and productivity losses secondary to melanoma, will continue to rise with the expected increasing melanoma incidence. The annual cost to treat melanoma is $291 million. Estimated productivity losses attributable to melanoma total $2.85 billion. The considerable economic burden of melanoma should call attention to this disease as a national health care priority.

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