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May 2018

The Potential of Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Klein Buendel Inc, Golden, Colorado
  • 2Cancer Prevention and Control, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 3Cancer Prevention, Control, and Population Research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(5):519-521. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0325

Skin cancers, ie, melanoma and keratinocyte skin cancer, are the most common cancers.1 The number of melanomas is expected to nearly double by 2030, tripling annual treatment costs in the United States.2 Because skin cancer is strongly associated with UV radiation (UVR) exposure,1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend reducing unprotected exposure to UVR. The US Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,3 appealing for efforts to identify effective skin cancer prevention interventions.