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July 2018

Geriatric Dermatology—A Framework for Caring for Older Patients With Skin Disease

Author Affiliations
  • 1Program for Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 3Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(7):757-758. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0286

The number of people in the United States older than 65 years is growing. By 2030, 20% of all Americans will be older than 65 years, making the geriatric population the same size as the pediatric population. The number of people older than 85 years is the fastest growing segment of the US population, expected to double from 4.7 million in 2003 to 9.6 million in 2030, and will reach 20 million by 2060. The incidence of dermatologic conditions is rising in parallel, with more than 27 million visits to dermatologists and more than 5 million new skin cancers each year, most in older adults.1

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