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April 2016

Optimizing Sun Protection for Children: Having Our Day in the Sun

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Dermatology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(4):318-319. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4524

Approximately 1 in 5 Americans are destined to develop skin cancer annually.1 Of particular concern is the increase in the rates of malignant melanoma, which have doubled over the past 3 decades.2 UV light exposure has been considered the principal known and preventable carcinogen in the development of skin cancer,3 and numerous programs have been developed to help educate patients about the hazards of UV light exposure and create policies for sun protection, many specifically aimed at children.

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