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JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Jan 1;154(1):88-92. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4201.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sun Safety.

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1
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
2
Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
3
Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.
4
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.
5
Community and Behavioral Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.
6
Klein Buendel, Golden, Colorado.
7
Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University.
8
Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
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Chief Editor.
10
MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Queens Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.
11
Division of General Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle.
12
Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
13
Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
14
Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia.
15
Department of Psychological Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
16
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland.

Abstract

Overexposure to the sun is associated with an increased risk of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer, but indications of improvements in sun protection behavior are poor. Attempts to identify emerging themes in skin cancer control have largely been driven by groups of experts from a single field. In December 2016, 19 experts from various disciplines convened for Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Skin Cancer, a 2-day meeting hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. The group discussed knowledge gaps, perspectives on sun exposure, implications for skin cancer risk and other health outcomes, and new directions. Five themes emerged from the discussion: (1) The definition of risk must be expanded, and categories for skin physiology must be refined to incorporate population diversities. (2) Risky sun exposure often co-occurs with other health-related behaviors. (3) Messages must be nuanced to target at-risk populations. (4) Persons at risk for tanning disorder must be recognized and treated. (5) Sun safety interventions must be scalable. Efficient use of technologies will be required to sharpen messages to specific populations and to integrate them within multilevel interventions. Further interdisciplinary research should address these emerging themes to build effective and sustainable approaches to large-scale behavior change.

PMID:
29117315
PMCID:
PMC5839662
[Available on 2019-01-01]
DOI:
10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4201

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