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October 2, 2019

When Prevention Works, Nothing Happens

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park
JAMA Dermatol. 2019;155(12):1346-1347. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.2680

In Winslow’s classic definition, public health is defined as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting physical health.”1[p178] Public health has certainly evolved with time but the basic premises of the “3 Ps”—preventing disease and injury, promoting health (physical, mental, and social well-being), and prolonging a high-quality life—still hold. Dermatology plays a key role in public health in many ways, but especially in the field of skin cancer prevention. New approaches, new strategies, and new data need to be recognized and highlighted for us to be effective in this component of our public health mission.

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