Clinical Update: Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Awareness of skin cancer prevention is important because skin cancer is largely preventable. Education of our patients and the public about risk factors and ways to avoid this disease are critical. Risk factors for nonmelanoma skin cancers include large amounts of exposure to natural or artificial sunlight, a fair complexion, actinic keratosis, radiation treatment in the past, a weakened immune system, past treatment with radiation, and male gender. For malignant melanoma, risk factors include large amounts of exposure to natural or artificial sunlight, a fair complexion, a history of severe sunburns in youth, the presence of moles, family history of atypical nevi, being white and male.

Skin cancer prevention methods include the use of sunscreen, avoiding sun exposure for long periods of time, especially during the hours when the sun is strongest, and wearing long sleeves, pants, hats, and sunglasses when outdoors. Clinical trials related to skin cancer prevention are ongoing at the National Cancer Institute.

For more news and articles related to skin cancer, visit Clinical Update: Skin Cancer and Clinical Update: Malignant Melanoma.

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Using an mHealth Application in a Private Dermatology Practice to Improve Sun Protection Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association 
March/April 2015

Skin Cancer Risk Perception and Sunscreen Use in Adolescent Female Soccer Athletes
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association 
March/April 2015

The Effects of Education on Compliance With Skin Cancer Risk Reduction Guidelines
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association 
March/April 2015

Skin Cancer Prevention: Nurses, Now is the Time to Act
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association 
March/April 2015

Adoption of Sun Safe Workplace Practices by Local Governments 
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice
December 2014 

 Effective Skin Cancer Prevention Methods for Young Adults (Aged 18–30 Years)
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
July/August 2014


Skin cancer: Increasing awareness and screening in primary care
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
May 2014


 Current Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care Toward Skin Cancer Screening/Prevention
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
April 2014 


Sunscreens
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
April 2014


Tanning Industry: You Are Not Sunshine
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
April 2014


 Developing a Health Advocacy Campaign
Plastic Surgical Nursing
September 2013


A Systematic Review of Literature: Identifying Young Women’s Knowledge and Exposure to Tanning Beds
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
August 2013

Policy Analysis of the Tanning Bed Cancer Control Act of 2011
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
October 2012


The Science Behind Sunscreens
Plastic Surgical Nursing
August 2012


Get “Tee’d” Off at Skin Cancer! Golf Charity Seeks Help With Their Cause
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
December 2011


Reconstruction Department: Understanding the Risks and Prevention of Skin Cancer
Plastic Surgical Nursing
September 2011

Red Flags: Danger! Severe sunburn in season
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
August 2011


Beliefs and Practices Regarding Skin Cancer Prevention
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
June 2011


Dermatology Dilemmas: Influencing Melanoma Prevention
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
March 2011


Approaching Skin Cancer Education With a Clear Message: "Be Safe. Be SunAWARE."
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
September/October 2010


 Indoor Tanning, Skin Cancer, and Tanorexia Development of U.S. Indoor Tanning Policy
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
May/June 2010


Ultraviolet Protection Behaviors and Beliefs Among Young Adult Dermatology Patients: Challenges for Skin Cancer Prevention
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
May/June 2009


SKIN CANCER: Actinic keratosis: Do the numbers add up?
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
February 2009


On The Web

National Council on Skin Care Prevention
Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation
National Cancer Institute

 

 

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