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April 2015

How Likely Is Another Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer?Better Informing Patients and Clinicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(4):369-370. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3827

Among white non-Hispanics older than 50 years, nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) incidence is likely to exceed 3.5 million annually in the United States.1 From a clinical and public health perspective, identifying the characteristics of those at the highest risk would allow allocating limited resources to screen those most at need. Those with a prior NMSC are known to be at high risk, but data on the magnitude of and patient characteristics related to this risk are particularly important in deciding how these patients should be monitored.

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