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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From Our Journals

 Future Application of Multitheory Model of Health Behavior Change for Skin Cancer Prevention Behaviors
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, September/October 2017

 Skin Cancer Prevention Practices Among Nursing Students: A Critical Need for Improvement
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, July/August 2017

 Aminolevulinic Acid Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratoses
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, May/June 2017

 Nurse Practitioners’ Knowledge of Prevention Guidelines and Counseling Practices Related to Primary Prevention of Skin Cancer Among Adolescents in Arizona
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, November/December 2016 

 Daylight-Mediated Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis: Best Practice Guidelines
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, July/August 2016

 Primary Care Health Professionals’ Knowledge of Sun Safety
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, July/August 2016

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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