Sun Safety Rarely Mentioned to Patients
the MPR take:
Despite recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and numerous professional medical groups, physicians rarely discuss sunscreen and other sun protection measures to prevent skin cancer. Data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey on 18.3 billion patient visits nationwide from January 1, 1989–December 26, 2010 showed that physicians mentioned sunscreen during 0.9% of patients visits associated with a diagnosis of skin disease and dermatologists mentioned it during only 1.6% of all visits. Sunscreen was mentioned most frequently to white patients in their eighth decade of life and least frequently to children, and the most common diagnosis associated with sunscreen recommendation was actinic keratosis. Counseling patients during outpatient visits about sun-protective behaviors could help to reduce the incidence and morbidity of skin cancer and physicians are encouraged to implement this recommendation.
JAMA Dermatology: Trends in Sunscreen Recommendation Among US Physicians. Kristie L. Feldman, MD, PhD. Importance: Sunscreen is an important part of sun protection to prevent skin cancer but may not be recommended as often as guidelines dictate.Objective To evaluate trends in sunscreen recommendation ...
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