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Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Nov;21(11):1893-901. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-12-0327. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

Time to get serious about skin cancer prevention.

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Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, 1300 S. 2nd Street, #300, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA.


In this commentary, we discuss the skin cancer epidemic in the United States and provide data to indicate that the United States public is not protecting itself from ultraviolet radiation, the primary risk factor for melanoma, and nonmelanoma skin cancer. In our opinion, skin cancer control in this country may be hindered by uncertainty about the effectiveness of sun protection strategies, inconsistent messages about the relative effectiveness of sun protection measures by federal and national organizations, and conventional research approaches that have identified few effective sun protection interventions for adults and targeted individuals for behavior change without considering the environmental context. A policy and research agenda is put forth to remedy the apparent insufficiencies in the current approach to skin cancer prevention in the United States.

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