SunAWARE Presentation. Sun Protection & Skin Cancer: An Overview. Skin Cancer: Fast Facts. 3.5 million contracted by 2 million people every year An “under-recognized” epidemic. Skin Cancer: Fast Facts.
Sun Protection & Skin Cancer: An Overview
3.5 million contracted by 2 million people every year
An “under-recognized” epidemic
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once.
In 2004, the total direct cost associated with the treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers was $1.5 billion.
In 2004, total direct costs for treatment of melanoma was almost $1 billion.
Doesn’t include indirect costs of care giving and lost productivity that reaches into the billions.
Almost always results from unprotected exposure to UVR, including tanning beds.
Intense intermittent exposure a serious risk factor.
Skin type, freckles and moles create risk
Age is considered a risk factor
(American Cancer Society)
The Good News & the Bad News
Melanoma accounts for only 3% of all cancers in NY men
Melanoma acoounts for only 2.5 % of all cancers in NY women
Mortality rates have remained steady over time (NY Dept of Health)
The incidence of Melanoma in New York is on the rise. (National Cancer Institute)
Melanoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in ages 20-34 in NY
Credible evidence that melanoma is under-reported.
Patients often seen in doctors’ offices, not hospitals (source of cancer counting)
NCI stats don’t report incidence of usually non-fatal basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcimona.
people of color
Outdoor workers experience twice the amount of nonmelanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas ) as indoor workers. (Skin Cancer Foundation)
Occupational groups at increased risk for exposure to UV light on the job are far less likely to receive skin examinations. (American Academy of Dermatology)
“There is considerable room for improvement in occupational sun protection. Some workers take precautions while working outdoors in the sun, but the vast majority of outdoor workers studied in the United States, Canada, and the Mediterranean region do not practice adequate or any sun safety. Sun protection may not yet be a priority in most outdoor work environments in these countries.”
Karen Glanz, David B. Buller, Mona Saraiya
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