Skin cancer prevention progress report 2016
Published Date:July 2016
Corporate Authors:National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
Description:Background -- What’s new this year? -- Success stories from the field -- Outcome indicators -- Disease surveillance indicators -- Behavioral surveillance indicators -- Policy and program indicators -- Conclusion -- References.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, yet most cases are preventable. Every year in the United States, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer, at an estimated cost of $8.1 billion.1 Melanoma causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer, resulting in over 9,000 deaths each year.2 Unlike many other cancers, skin cancer rates have continued to rise in recent years.
As a public health community, we are taking concrete steps to address this serious public health concern. In July 2014, the Office of the Surgeon General released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, establishing skin cancer prevention as a high priority for our nation.4 The Call to Action described effective prevention strategies and called on all community sectors to play a role in protecting Americans from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as indoor tanning devices.
The federal government and its partners in skin cancer prevention across the United States have made important progress, but much work remains. This second annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent data available and highlights developments and success stories following the Call to Action and since the release of the 2015 Progress Report. By continuing to update the report annually, we can monitor progress, celebrate and learn from successes, recognize areas that need improvement, and identify opportunities to work with partners in government, health care, education, business, and communities.
This second annual Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent data available and highlights developments and success stories following the Call to Action and since the release of the 2015 Progress Report.
Suggested citation: Skin Cancer Prevention Progress Report 2016. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2016.
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