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Prevention and Control of Skin Cancer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 1pm EDT

Woman at the beach under an umbrella Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting 5 million individuals each year. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and costly. Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is the deadliest kind of skin cancer, resulting in approximately 9,000 deaths each year. Most cases of skin cancer are preventable, but despite efforts to address risk factors, skin cancer rates have continued to increase in the United States and worldwide. Skin cancer is a serious public health concern and it will take a comprehensive approach to provide individuals with the information they need to reduce UV exposure and promote policies that advance the national goal of preventing skin cancer.

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