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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2013 Aug;29(3):206-13. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2013.06.006.

Skin cancer: a growing health problem for children.

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  • 1Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, PO Box 254, Hingham, MA 02043, USA. Maryellen@melanomaprevention.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To explore childhood ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin carcinogenesis, review prevention practices, analyze indoor tanning trends, identify skin cancer prevention programs, and address the role of the oncology nurse in youth-focused community initiatives.

DATA SOURCES:

Review of the literature, research, and experience.

CONCLUSION:

Skin cancer is an important health problem for children because it is initiated in childhood and melanoma is on the rise in this population.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses can play a pivotal role in reducing the burden of skin cancer through patient education, community outreach, and political action.

KEYWORDS:

Pediatric; education; indoor tanning; melanoma

PMID:
23958218
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2013.06.006
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