publication date: Aug. 1, 2014
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By Will Craft
The surgeon general issued a call to action this week, addressing the rising epidemic of skin cancer in the U.S. and around the world.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., but is also easily preventable. Billions can be saved on treatment if we adopt new standards and strategies, argued acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak.
The 102-page document outlines the costs of the disease.
“Each year in the United States, nearly 5 million people are treated for all skin cancers combined, with an annual cost estimated at $8.1 billion,” the report reads. “Melanoma is responsible for the most deaths of all skin cancers, with nearly 9,000 people dying from it each year. It is also one of the most common types of cancer among U.S. adolescents and young adults. Annually, about $3.3 billion of skin cancer treatment costs are attributable to melanoma.”
The call to action outlined five strategic goals that the surgeon general argues will reduce the rate of skin cancer:
• Increase opportunities for sun protection in outdoor settings.
• Provide individuals with the information they need to make informed, healthy choices about UV exposure.
• Promote policies that advance the national goal of preventing skin cancer.
• Reduce harms from indoor tanning.
• Strengthen research, surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation related to skin cancer prevention.
“Achieving these goals will not be a small task,” the surgeon general’s office wrote in … Continue reading 40-31 Surgeon General Issues Call To Reduce Skin Cancer Rates
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